2 December 2015, Wednesday
By David O’Sullivan
Anti Austerity Alliance Councillor Mick Barry said this morning that the number of opponents of Government policy arrested in the country last year was exceedingly high for a state which describes itself as a democracy.
His comments came after Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told the Dail yesterday that 188 people had been arrested since November 2014 for their part in water charges protests.
Cllr Barry said this morning: “Government policy on water charges doesn’t have the consent of huge swathes of the population and can only be implemented by resorting to repressive measures. One hundred and eighty eight people arrested in the course of one year is a hell of a lot of people. If we heard that nearly 3000 people had been arrested in the UK for their part in protests we would be shocked. Per head of population it is exactly the same thing. It is a very high figure for a state which describes itself as a democracy.”
Cllr Barry called for all charges still standing against water charges campaigners to be dropped.