Garda vandalises private property:
A small crane has been parked outside the Kildare Street entrance of Leinster House.
The cherry picker, which is covered in protest placards, was moved into position early this morning.
Slogans regarding Anglo Irish Bank and ministerial pensions are on the crane.
It is understood that a man is sitting on the cage at the top of the crane.
A number of gardaí are at the scene.
Commenters on thepropertypin.com:
I think that the guards taking down those signs is completely out of order and stepping over the threshold in violating our right as citizens to protest, I’m actually shocked. Moving a crane that’s causing an obstruction is one thing but they have NO RIGHT to interfere with or tear down those signs. Completely outrageous and TOTALLY not on. How ‘kin dare they!
What next? Forcibly taking placards from people at protests because they don’t agree with them? This would not be tolerated by the general public in ANY other democracy in Europe.
There is something invidious about the removal of the slogans. Fair enough, if he is stopping traffic then he is committing an offence. Likewise, if he is breaching the peace he can be stopped. But there is no law against having placards displaying your discontent with government. On the contrary, it is enshrined in the constitution.
So they should either move his crane away or they should arrest him, but they shouldn’t remove the placards. They will justify it on the basis that they could stir unrest etc, but in reality they are just doing the will of their political masters. So much for he who takes the pay and uniform shall be a non partisan protector of the state.
WTH the gardai look to have damaged his signs taking them down
They can move an obstructing vehicle allright but they can not damage peoples property on purpose without a lawful reason to do so.
Those who do not realise the seriousness of this and the underlying issues it exposes needs to wake up
Actually I think that one photo of our brave gardai tearing down the posters succinctly shows our noble police force interfering with/vandalising private property AND stifling the right to protest and to free speech in one foul swoop. Its a photo that should be of interest to a proper functioning media in a normal country – as we don’t have that, next stop would be the UK or European press. The person who took it should send it in that woman who’s doing the blog on the Irish economy for The Guardian – at least there’s a chance they would actually GET why this act is out of order. The likes of the Indo/Irish Times/RTE would just go “Huh?”, then bury it.
This struck me as worrying at the weekend in tribune.ie:
SPECIALIST training for the garda Public Order Unit has intensified in recent weeks as gardaí prepare for outbreaks of violence and civil unrest in the coming weeks and months.
In the past two weeks, the Public Order Unit – known as the riot squad – has increased its training sessions at remote locations following minor outbreaks of violence as a result of public unrest over the government’s handling of the banking crisis and other issues.
There are fears that Tuesday’s budget could prompt mass demonstrations and gardaí want to be as prepared as possible for trouble.
Also in tribune.ie:
MORE than €420,000 a month is being paid to members of the public assaulted, mistreated or injured by the gardaí.
The title of this post comes from the lyrics to Pantera’s the badge:
Young and dumb, truth and justice, fantasy
Fresh out of the academy
Five-time loser bust his head, make your day
Unless youre paid off then you look away
Do you thimk this corruption will ever stop
What makes a person want to be a cop
Ran a red light, storm the house and bust the guy
Do you like to see his children cry