A Taste of 1960’s Mississipi in 1990’s Ireland

By Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM)

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(1984 - 2021)

The Workers Solidarity Movement was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1984 following discussions by a number of local anarchist groups on the need for a national anarchist organization. At that time with unemployment and inequality on the rise, there seemed every reason to argue for anarchism and for a revolutionary change in Irish society. This has not changed. Like most socialists we share a fundamental belief that capitalism is the problem. We believe that as a system it must be ended, that the wealth of society should be commonly owned and that its resources should be used to serve the needs of humanity as a whole and not those of a small greedy minority. But, just as importantly, we see this struggle against capitalism as also being a struggle for freedom. We believe that socialism and freedom must go together, that we cannot have one without the other. Anarchism has always stood for individual freedom. But it also stands for democracy. We believe in democratizing... (From: WSM.ie.)

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A Taste of 1960’s Mississipi in 1990’s Ireland

THE ATTACK on Travelers in Glenamaddy, Co Galway last October was a shocking exposure of the extent of the racist attitudes that Irish people have towards Travelers. In Glenamaddy, a small town in east Galway, the Four Winds pub has a policy of serving Travelers. This is such an unusual policy, especially in Galway, that large numbers of Travelers regularly traveled long distances to drink there.

This infuriated the local bigots, who own the other pubs and the shops in Glenamaddy. They got together with the local cops, of course, and opposed the renewal of the Four Winds license in early October. However to everyone’s surprise, the Judge overuled the objections and renewed the license.

The reaction of the bigots to this turn of events was fast and furious. Travelers drinking in the Four Winds following a family event were attacked in a vicious and orchestrated way reminiscent of a Klu Klux Klan attack. On the pretext of looking for two Traveler girls who had supposedly held up a local garage with a knife, the Gardai barged into the pub, lined up all the Travelers, took their names and then threw them out one by one to a lynch mob of waiting locals.

The Travelers were attacked with clubs and hurley sticks and several of them were injured. Their vans were overturned and wrecked. Needless to say. no-one was charged with assault or damage to property. Far from it ,these racist bigots were on the T,V, justifying their attack. On ‘Questions and Answers’, Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McCreevy said that Travelers should not be allowed to drink in large numbers because they posed a threat to the community. Clearly, the bigots of Glenamaddy are not alone in their racist views.

In November, Dublin County Council dumped several tons of foul smelling fertilizer within feet of a large camp of Travelers in Clondalkin. These were the same Travelers who had been evicted last June with a huge show of Gardai force and a great deal of gratuitous violence. They had since refused to move from the roadside where they been evicted to until the Council provided them with a proper site. Clearly the fertilizer was the Councils way of trying to move them again.

This racism against Travelers is so widespread that many people do not even recognize it as such. The Workers Solidarity Movement are totally opposed to the racism Travelers are routinely subjected to, and fully support Travelers right to organize against it . It is an issue that requires a great deal of support from the left and all progressive forces because on their own Travelers are too small a minority and too isolated to win.

(Source: Retrieved on 15th November 2021 from struggle.ws.)

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