Dublin Grassroots: Saturday march not cancelled

Dublin Grassroots Network reject in the strongest possible terms allegations made in recent television news that our Saturday "Bring the Noise" march has been "cancelled".

Dublin Grassroots: Saturday march not cancelled

 


May Day organisers: Saturday march not "cancelled"
Banned march transferred to open-air meeting at GPO

PRESS RELEASE Dublin Grassroots Network Friday, April 30th

Dublin Grassroots Network reject in the strongest possible terms allegations made in recent television news that our Saturday "Bring the Noise" march has been "cancelled". The facts were made clear in this morning's press release (included below) and in this afternoon's press conference.

Similar rumours were aired after Another Europe Is Possible met with An Garda Siochana last week, and disappeared equally rapidly.

The Garda restrictions announced on Prime Time last night amount to the banning of the march for what we believe to be the first time in the history of the Republic. They involve the threat of serious violence against those who are successful in reaching the starting point announced for the march. This is an extremely serious issue. The freedoms of assembly and opinion and the right to protest are among the foundations of democratic politics and civil society.

In response to these curtailments of basic civil liberties we are moving our event from Parkgate Street to the GPO, still at 6 pm on Saturday. The difference between moving and cancelling is fairly basic.

The GPO event will start as a large-scale open-air meeting for anyone who is concerned to protect the right to demonstrate. It will be up to those who come to that meeting to decide how best to respond to this unprecedented attack on basic rights. These rights belong to all, not to a single organisation.

A copy of this morning's press release follows below.

ENDS

Dublin Grassroots Network will be holding two streetside press conferences tomorrow, one at 2 pm at the top (Stephen's Green) end of Grafton St. in advance of the No Borders morning, and one at 7.30 pm from the GPO meeting (TBC).