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27 November 2010 @ 06:53 pm
no wexford, protests instead  

I was going to go to Wexworlds this weekend but between train schedules being much less accomodating than I thought, the roads being dire because of poor weather, and the general exhaustion at this house, and Young Indiana being not as on-top-of-the-weather as he might be, we thought it might be the better part of valor not to go. Instead Ted, may a thousand blessings rain upon him, got up after I fed Young Indiana this morning, and sent me back to bed. I slept until 20 to 11, and only got up then because if I wasn’t going to Wexford I figured I should go to the protest. On the way into the city centre, the gardai presence was very visible, but pretty mellow:

Gardai waiting

I’ve heard numbers from 50K to 150K bandied about, so I don’t know how many people were there, but it looked like a lot:

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I ran into Deirdre as I approached the crowd (which, given that there were presumably at least 50K in the area, seems unlikely, but there you go), so I hung out with them for the first half of the protest. We got recorded shouting protest chants by somebody with a proper film camera, so who knows, maybe we’ll be on the news. And later after I’d broken off from them, I was interviewed by somebody for some news organization I didn’t catch the name of. So who knows, maybe I’ll get quoted somewhere. :) I ended up right outside the GPO with a good view of the screens and speakers and a good-looking RTE guy:

RTE Guy

and took some pictures of signs I particularly liked:

Did Dobby die for this?!

I'm Actually Grand

I don't need sex...

Curse of Desecrated Tara

“I guess it didn’t work,” the woman holding the last sign said to me a bit despondently.

Anyway, so it was cold but good, and I’m glad I went.

Also, score. I have gotten myself a VIP ticket to the Bon Jovi concert next summer. Yay! :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Cyrano: Geniuscyranocyrano on November 27th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
So what are you protesting against? I scrolled back a bit and didn't see any mention of the event.
kitmizkit on November 27th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh. The clusterfuck this government has made of, well, governing the country, and the bailout that's currently being negotiated at an ursury interest rate (because realistically any interest rate is going to be ursury: the country is *broke*) and the fact that they continue to nickel and dime the middle and lower classes while the investers, bankers and politicians who got us into this situation go scot free.
Cyrano: I want to go homecyranocyrano on November 27th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. That doesn't sound familiar at all. q:
I am sorry to hear that.
(In good news, I am in the midst of research frenzy for an idea I had for one of the stalled novels!)
Geek of Weird Shit: fireygows on November 27th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Wow. That doesn't sound familiar at all. q:

*snerk* Nope, nope, not at all.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on November 27th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Eek! I've been desecrated!
kitmizkit on November 27th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I was looking through the pictures for an image of a desecrated hedgehog...*laughs*
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 27th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Has anyone come up with a workable solution other than borrowing money or cutting the dole?

and that is a score on the VIP ticket, how did you come across that?
Lauratavella on November 27th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Let the private sector that did the fuckup take the losses. The idiocy was the Irish government, once the private banks had failed under the irresponsibility of the banksters, guaranteeing the bondholders wouldn't take a loss.

Once they did that, they guaranteed that generations of Irish would become serfs to ensure the continued riches and privileges of the banking class. Iceland was a fuckton smarter and is already recovering, notice.
kit: catie_haveanicedaymizkit on November 27th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
What she said.

And the VIP tickets are just a higher-cost ticket with closer to stage seats (or stands, actually, since there are no seats in this venue) and pre-show party and stuff. I figured I paid a scalper the same amount for a decent ticket when I went to their concert a few years ago, so I might as well go straight for the shiny this time. :)
Randomnessr_ness on November 29th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got coverage, and I'm hoping it helps.

Good luck to you all.