Hundreds came out to protest at the Department of Justice in Dublin Thursday night over the arrests of 17 people including three minors.
It is in relation to a protests last November when Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Joan Burton was trapped in her car for two hours by Water protestors.
This week, people as young as 13 have been arrested by upto 10 Gardai at 7am. These have also included anti-austerity politicians including Paul Murphy TD. This has outraged communities and led to calls that this is ‘political policing’ of working class communities, considering that wealthy bankers met Gardai by appointment rather than dawn raids.
Kay Larry from Communities Against Water Charges said ” We are ordinary citizens and we have a right under our constitution to free assembly, free protest and free speech- but our Government doesn’t want us to practice those rights. They want to take it away from us”.
Jason Lester, a 16 year old, said ” They came at 7am and took me from my bed to a prison cell, who got falsely arrested there? You tell me”.
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