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Are Ye Trying To Fill The Graveyards Quicker?

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I have been to a lot of protests over the years in Cork.  A few stand out and yesterday’s protest against the recently announced Government cuts in the Medical Card entitlements for the over 70s was one of them. It was an unexpectedly big march that got under way at 3 pm.  From the beginning there were lots of people on the march that hadn’t been on a protest for a long time.  And yet they were determined to be there.  It was great to see.  Once the march got under way, it received an ovation from the those standing on the pavements watching – Saturday afternoon shoppers; families in town for a stroll.   There was a really buoyant air of protest and anger to the march which grew and grew as it made its way along Patrick’s Street.  I was reminded of that tremendous march in Cork city centre against the Iraq War back in 2003 when the huge crowd was mesmerised by its own sheer size.  On that occasion a sit down protest followed and there was a feeling in the air of the power of people standing together and for something.  Something to see indeed! There was sometime similar in Cork on Saturday.  Maybe not as strong but there nonetheless – tremendous all and all.  I got to take some photos and a number of placards stood out: one said are “Are Ye Trying To Fill The Graveyards Quicker”.  Another was of a young   holding a placard saying leave my grannies Medical Card alone!

More protests are planned and there is every chance that this particularly cut will be reversed. That would be great.  People power is a wonder!  Nonetheless it doesn’t take from the fact that the Government has the ordinary person in their sights when it comes to finding someone to pay for the disaster that is this present economic crisis.  I suppose no surprise there.  Absolutly none at all.  There is more on march at http://www.wsm.ie/story/4646 and athttp://www.indymedia.ie/article/89514. If you get a chance get out on the street too!

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Written by Kevin Doyle

October 19, 2008 at 10:33 pm

Posted in Cork, Politics

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