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Council uses Bullyboy Tactics on Bin Tax Protestors

category dublin | bin tax / household tax / water tax | news report author Saturday November 11, 2006 17:43author by Paula Geraghty Report this post to the editors

Bin Tax campaigners were angered at the garda presence at the Suir Road depot this morning for the weekly protest.

Every saturday morning 11am, people come out from Drimnagh, Crumlin, Inchicore and Rialto to the Suir Road DCC depot to dispose of their rubbish as the Council refuses to collect on the normal bin day. This morning was different. Council officials, who were present today, told protesters that anyone who left their rubbish at the depot would have their names and addresses taken.

Locals were outraged. People commented on how the bullyboy tactics of using the Gardai to push through government policy was now being imported from Erris in Mayo. People had seen the police brutality on the telly from yesterday in Mayo and were very resentful that Dublin City Council were bringing the police back to intimidate people into paying the bin tax.


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author by Joan Collins Cllr DCC - Community & Workers Action Grouppublication date Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:10author address author phone 086-3888151Report this post to the editors

Yesterday morning a Seargent and 4 local police police from Sundrive police station along with 3 litter wardens turned up at the Davitt Road depot. The police said they were acting on a complaint from Dublin City Council that we were littering. We were informed that if we left our waste the litter warden had the right to ask for our name etc and if we refused to give it the police would step in and if we refused to give our details we would be arrested on the spot!!!! The Drimnagh campaign has had an effective protest at the depot for over 2 months where regularly any number from 80-150 residents turn up to bring their uncollected waste to the depot in an organised peaceful protest to dispose of our waste. The waste is cleared by the Council within 10 minutes. This turn of events came out of the blue (no pun intended) and the protesters were very angry. We went ahead with our protest a number of bags left but after a brief meeting we decided to not push the issue this week as we were caught unprepared but that we would meet this Tuesday discuss what our tactics will be next Sauturday , 18th, as people were determined that we had the right to protest EFFECTIVELY. The general feeling was that we would organise to double/ treble our numbers next week. In the coarse of our brief meeting at the depot the brutal attack by police in Mayo against the Shell to Sea campaign was condemed. Why can a Seagent a 4 police officers be found to waste their time at a protest when people have experienced ringing the police to repond to issues in the Community we are told there is not enough police? Obviously DCC see this protest as a 2 fingers to there non collection policy and are attempting to clamp down on the local community. We will be protesting next Saturday, 11am, as part of the all Dublin, Anti bin tax day of local protests to non collection. Link in with your local protest or support our one at Davitt Road Depot. The Luas leaves you at Suir Bridge stop.

author by Anonpublication date Tue Nov 14, 2006 16:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is yet another example of the state deploying cops on behalf of private corporations. In this instance instead of for Shell as in Rossport, the cops are working for the private corporations who have been waiting impatiently in the wings for the entire Dublin city waste collection service to be handed over to them.

There are at least 380,000 households in Dublin and since we know already that bin charges are costing anywhere from about 400 to 600 euros per year then this translates into an industry worth anywhere from 152 million to 228 million euros. This is what it is all about: money. It is certainly not about protecting the environment.

And here is something for any cops reading this to consider. Did you join the An Garda to protect the public or protect private wealth? Your job description probably says the former but your actions indicate the reality is the latter.

This is just another example of the now worldwide campaign by capitalism to rollback every right and civil liberty that has been gained in the past couple of hundreds of years. This sort of stuff is happening in every country and in every sphere of society.

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