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Sectarian violence on the streets of East Belfast
ireland / britain | migration / racism | opinion / analysis Wednesday June 22, 2011 18:15 by Sean Matthews - Workers Solidarity Movement
The cracks beneath the surface in the peace process were once again exposed on the streets of East Belfast last night in the second night of serious sectarian rioting. A UVF led mob numbering in the 100's has been engaged in attacks on catholic homes at the edge of the Short Strand. This is the reality of a peace dividend which has failed to deliver to working-class communities and stands in stark contrast to suburbia only 5 miles away which produced golf champion Rory McElroy.
Is there any surprise that we still continue to have serious outbreaks of sectarian rioting, with communities living in fear, when we have a sectarian carve up in the Stormont assembly fighting over the scraps from Westminster? This from the same regime that is imposing a vicious wave of attacks on workers rights and conditions in the form of cut-backs and privatisation. Until we begin to collectively tackle the causes of division at a grassroots level, and the psychological and physical scars which continue to haunt working people, last nights violence will only recreate it.
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WSM remove racist slogans in Cabra, Dublin 18:52 Mon 18 Dec 0 comments
Local members of the WSM have removed racist slogans which had been painted along the canal.
Immigration and Racism in Ireland 20:39 Tue 10 Oct 0 comments
In the last fifteen to twenty years, two new phenomena have finally reached Ireland –Immigration and alongside it - Racism. This is not to say that we Irish never had our prejudices before the ‘blacks’ arrived, back then we were quite happy directing our bigotry and ignorance towards travellers, gays, Jews and Protestants.
Afghan Asylum Seekers occupy St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin 23:14 Thu 18 May 0 comments
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Labour party leader Pat Rabbitte turns on migrant workers 18:38 Wed 05 Apr 0 comments
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Arrests at attempt to block deportations in Dublin 22:31 Thu 20 Oct 1 comments
Two people were arrested in Dublin on Tuesday as Residents against Racism activists attempted to block the deportation of 39 people (including fourteen children, 5 of whom were born in Ireland) to Lagos. Nigeria. This account is from Emma a WSM member and RAR activist who was arrested.
Man Deported Because Of Garda Brutality Cover up 16:41 Wed 10 Aug 0 comments
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Irish union branch Opposes Tactics Of Deportation Cops 21:41 Tue 09 Aug 0 comments
The Dublin City North Branch of the INTO has passed a motion endorsing the call by outgoing union president, Austin Corcoran, that all schools become safe places for all children -to be given the status of embassies. It is hoped that more branches within the union will take up this issue and that by next year's annual congress a campaign will be launched in the union to make this a reality
Deported to be Mutilated? 00:57 Sun 03 Jul 0 comments
The Irish government is currently trying to deport women and children under the threat of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which frequently results in death. Asylum in Ireland can be sought on grounds of religious or political persecution. However the government refuse to acknowlege FGM as a political act and therefore women and children cannot apply for asylum on the basis they have suffered or will suffer FGM if deported.
Solidarity Action for the political seekers Bahoz & Temiz 06:02 Sat 25 Jun 0 comments
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The Leave / Brexit vote in the referendum came in the end as a surprise, a narrow win for Remain was expected. This may be because the core Leave vote was in the run-down white working class communities of the now desolate English and Welsh industrial zones. A population trapped in conditions of long-term unemployment and poverty who no one really pays much attention to anymore. Some on the left have seized on the makeup of this core vote to suggest that there was some progressive element to the Brexit vote despite the campaign being led by racist hatemongers and wealthy US-oriented neoliberals. Mostly that’s a mixture of wishful thinking and post hoc justification for having called for a Leave vote in the first place, but it is true that a section of the working class, C2DEs in marketing speak, voted to Leave in close to a 2:1 ratio. Is the class composition of that vote enough to automatically make it progressive regardless of content? And what does it tell us that a section of the radical left seems to think the answer to that question is yes, that it is enough to be anti-establishment?
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Travellers’ struggles are our struggles too: decent housing for all! Oct 14 0 comments
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