​FLASH—Change of mood in Ireland ahead of “Austerity Treaty” referendum – Where is the poster boy for austerity now?

At least 7 thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Galway City
on Saturday, April 14, to protest the coalition Government’s austerity
program.  Many proceeded to the conference hall where the junior
coalition partners, the Labour Party, were holding their annual
conference.  Forcing their way through police lines to make sure their
voices were heard by the Labour delegates inside, protestors delivered
their message chanting “Who’s democracy? Our democracy!” and “They say
cut back, we say fight back!”  Other slogans were more pointed, such
as “Labour Party, we know you; You’re a f—ing Blueshirt too!”  A
reference to the infamous, fascist legacy of Labour’s senior coalition
partner, Fine Gael.

Some carried placards picturing the Labour Party founder and martyr,
James Connolly, who died during the 1916 Easter Rising, with the
caption “Shame on you, Labour working-class traitors”.

One teenage protestor from Dublin said “I’m here because I want to
fight for my future, I want to be able to go to college, but Eamon
Gilmore won’t let that happen.”

When asked if he had a message for the protestors, Gilmore replied “I
would tell them to have a nice day.”

At one point, and possibly inspired by the apparent contempt embedded
in Gilmore’s remark, a copy of the Labour Party manifesto was burned,
accompanied by chants of “Revolution! Revolution!”

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