Originally posted on revolutionaryprogramme:
Those arrested for their participation in the protest against Tánaiste Joan Burton in Jobstown last November, including Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) TD Paul Murphy, are now officially going to trial (Irish Times 2 November https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/district-court/paul-murphy-to-face-jury-trial-accused-of-false-imprisonment-of-joan-burton-1.2414333), most of them facing a potential life sentence for the charge of “false imprisonment”.
It is to be hoped that no jury will decide that delaying Joan Burton in her car for around 3 hours could possibly amount to “false imprisonment” and likewise that the charges of “violent disorder” some are also facing will be thrown out.
Opposing this outrageous attack on the right to protest would seem a fairly straightforward issue for the anti-water charges movement and the wider workers’ movement. However I worry that this elementary solidarity will be neglected in the face of the recent vitriol being heaped on the AAA over their refusal to guarantee support to a government involving any…
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