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Working-class activists in Ireland defeat Labour-State assault on right to protest

first_imgExcerpted from a report by Ian Ó Dálaigh, general secretary of the organization Éirígí in Ireland, writing in a personal capacity.On Nov. 15, 2014, a spontaneous protest took place in Jobstown, Tallaght, an overwhelmingly working-class area in southwest Dublin. Labour Party leader Joan Burton, who at the time was also tánaiste [26-county deputy prime minister], was delayed in a car for just over two hours by a sit-down protest.The protest was directed against the vicious austerity measures of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition [government]. These measures included cuts to social welfare benefits, disability benefits, and pensions, and attempts to impose a water tax. As both minister of social protection and tánaiste, Burton played a key role in these attacks.Nineteen of the protesters (18 adults and one teenager), including our own Scott Masterson, were arrested and charged with false imprisonment in the wake of this. The teenager has already been convicted.To term a two-hour delay in a car — while surrounded by police — as false imprisonment was absurd, and the charges set a very dangerous precedent. Under this definition, any temporary delay or obstruction at a protest or picket, which for example inconveniences a politician, could be deemed “false imprisonment.” This was about intimidating people and criminalizing protest — and nothing more.During the course of the trial, which commenced on April 24 this year, the state also attempted to further attack the right to free speech and the right to politically organize. Using the spurious cover of “potential jury tampering,” they demanded that the accused should remain silent about the case. The state sought to ban the accused from speaking publicly about the case during the trial and even to impose a ban on solidarity pickets in front of the Criminal Court of Justice.They failed on all counts, just as they eventually failed in their attempts to undermine the right to protest by convicting the Jobstown accused.Scott Masterson’s [attorney], in her closing statement to the jury, suggested that Scott should be thanked by the Irish people for his part in the Jobstown protest. She made the point that the Labour Party are guilty of political treachery, and that people have the right to protest against that treachery — which is exactly what Scott and the other defendants were doing.The trial ran for just over eight weeks, culminating on June 29, when the jury gave a unanimous “not guilty” verdict for the Jobstown 7. The Jobstown Not Guilty campaign is now calling for the immediate dropping of all charges against the other 11 accused, as well as the quashing of the conviction of the 17-year-old in relation to the protest.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The Queen visits HMS Sutherland on ship’s 20th birthday

first_img View post tag: Type 23 View post tag: HMS Sutherland Back to overview,Home naval-today Queen Elizabeth visits HMS Sutherland on ship’s 20th birthday October 24, 2017 Authorities Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: the Queen Queen Elizabeth visits HMS Sutherland on ship’s 20th birthday View post tag: Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth visited Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland in London on October 23 to mark the frigate’s 20th birthday.The Queen was welcomed on board the Devonport-based frigate by the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Andrew Canale, and First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones.The visit after a busy year for HMS Sutherland, which has been regularly deployed over the last 12 months as one of the Royal Navy’s high-readiness units.She has been responsible for escorting a number of Russian warships as they sail past UK territorial waters, and in June she secured the seas for the Royal Navy’s biggest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth as she embarked on her maiden sea trials.“This is a very special day for all who have served in HMS Sutherland and to our affiliates who have supported us over the past 20 years,” said Cdr Canale, who previously served as equerry to The Queen from 2012 to 2015.“Everyone who’s served on Sutherland has much to be proud of and we are honoured to be able to mark this occasion in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.”During the royal visit members of the ship’s company and their families met the Queen and enjoyed lunch in the ship’s hangar.“Having served for over 25 years in the Royal Navy, I have many good memories of places I have visited and the people I have been lucky to meet,” said Warrant Officer Steve Nicholson, the ship’s Executive Warrant Officer.The ship’s company presented The Queen with a framed photograph of HMS Sutherland sailing alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth on her maiden sea voyage – one of the first photographs of HMS Queen Elizabeth in open sea with a Royal Navy escort ship.HMS Sutherland is alongside at Canary Wharf for a short visit to the capital this week. During that time, the ship will play a football match against the Royal Household and welcome people from local communities on board for ship’s tours.last_img read more

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Tyson Fury pays £1.5m to settle court case with ex-promoter

first_img Promoted Content12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MoviePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth Tyson Fury has paid out £1.5million to settle a court case with his former promoter. The WBC heavyweight king, 31, agreed to pay Mick Hennessy after he claimed a breach of contract. But the Gypsy King then spent two years out of the ring as he struggled with mental health issues. When he returned in June 2018, he did so under promoter Frank Warren. The Brit has since fought Deontay Wilder twice, drawing the first bout before winning the second last month in Las Vegas. He is now worth £70m and due to fight American Wilder for a third time, before a potential £400m blockbuster against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua in 2021. Hennessy brought legal action after alleging Fury had broken the terms of their original agreement.Advertisement Loading… But just days before the case was due to come to court, the pair agreed to settle their differences. A source said: “Both Tyson and Mick thought they were in the right. “Mick brought legal action and Tyson decided it was easier to settle rather than go through a drawn-out legal battle. “Both are happy they are now able to move on.” In 2015 Hennessy was complimentary about Fury, saying: ‘Tyson was the highest-profile fighter who stuck with me through really tough times. “He showed what he is made of, which is unique. It was loyalty.” Read Also:Fury plans to fight Joshua this December after Wilder bout But in his book Behind The Mask, Fury said he no longer spoke to Hennessy, admitting “it’s very sad”. And last year Hennessy said Fury leaving his stable “was hurtful to say the least”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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