13 February 2015
By Tom O’Sullivan
We Won’t Pay, the anti water charges non-payment group, is calling on
members of the Cork public to join them on Patrick’s Bridge tomorrow
(Sat) at 3pm to show opposition to the arrest of anti water charge
campaigners in Dublin.
The move comes after the arrest of 17 people this week in connection
with the anti water charges sitdown protest against Tanaiste Joan
Burton in Jobstown, Tallaght, last November. Four of the arrested
persons have been teenagers aged 14, 15, 16 and 17.
The move also comes in the wake of protests last night at the
Department of Justice in Dublin, Garda HQ at Anglesea St Cork and
similar protests in Cobh and Midleton.
More than 80 people attended the protest at Anglesea St organised by
Mahon Says No chanting “Hey Joanie, Leave Our Kids Alone!”.
We Won’t Pay spokesperson Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Mick
Barry said this morning: “The arrests are a blatant attempt to
discredit the anti water charges movement. But rather than weakening
the movement these actions will actually strengthen it. Mass
non-payment of the bills can defeat the water charges and political
policing of this kind will not stop this movement from doing precisely