On Monday (20 April 15) Gardai made 15 arrests on Parnell Road, Dublin 8 including Joan Collins TD and Cllr. Pat Dunne. The arrests marked a serious escalation in the Garda response to the peaceful resisistence to the installation of meters in the Dubin 8 area. The protest covered in the video below was called for the same evening to highlight the community's response to the Garda activity.

Recent research by Rory Hearne and the students in Maynooth on the water protest suggests that the majority of protesters (54%) have never protested before. In addition it reveals that the reason that people have taken to the streets is not necessarily about water charges at all but is related to the austerity of the last 6 years. 60% of people said the the reason they were protesting was because austerity had "gone too far."

After many years of unjust austerity measures to repay the debts incurred by a few wealthy individuals, people in working class areas around the city the country are beginning to say "No more!". The proverbial stray which has broken the camel's back is the latest addition to the list of tax burdens which have been loaded onto people's backs: the water tax. The areas worst hit by these measures, poorer working class areas, are now the areas which are rallying together to resist the installation of water meters which will facilitate this new tax. The video below covers one day of the protests in Maryland, Dubin 8.


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