Government cannot be allowed to rip society apart and destroy economy with further austerity
In a statement in advance of today’s national pre-budget demonstration against cuts and austerity, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit/ULA called for today’s demonstration to be the first in a series of escalating protests against further austerity.
Today’s protest, assembling at 1pm in Parnell Sq, Dublin, organised by the Campaign Against Household and Water Charges, the Dublin Council of Trade Unions and the Community Sector and supported by the ICTU, SIPTU and other trade unions “must be the beginning of a sustained national campaign of resistance against the failed policy of austerity and bank bail-outs,” Deputy Boyd Barrett said.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said: “Today’s demonstration must only be the start of an escalating campaign of resistance against the plans of the government and the Troika to heap further disastrous austerity onto the backs of ordinary people in this country. One-off demonstrations are not enough to stop the juggernaut of austerity. We must signal today our determination to step-up protests across the country and begin to prepare for a nation-wide general strike in the spring, if the government and the Troika do not not stop with these cruel and senseless policies of austerity.”
“It is abundantly clear, that half of the population if not more, simply cannot take anymore. The fabric of our society and our economy is being ripped apart. This madness has to stop. We must cease immediately the insane policy of prioritising the interests of banks and markets over the needs of ordinary citizens. We must demand that jobs and the protection of the vulnerable in our society become the first priority, if we are to have any chance of averting a long-term economic depression. This can only be done through a coordinated mass movement of workers and citizens making it impossible for the government to implement further austerity.”
“Today’s protest must also send out a clear call to unite the different sectors of Irish society that are under attack to unite into one big national movement against the policies of austerity and back bail-outs. The government are trying to pick groups off, one by one, and keep the opposition to their policies fragmented. In response, we need to call for unity and solidarity between workers, pensioners, students, the unemployed, the disabled and every other sector that is under the hammer.”
“We will be insisting from the platform and at the mass assembly that will directly follow the march that a decision is taken today for further action. A grand old duke of york march up the hill and down the hill simply will not do. Today’s demonstration must set out the next step in the campaign to stop this austerity madness in its tracks.”