Monday, April 23, 2012

Dublin's many protests

On a walk through Dublin City centre on Saturday around lunch time I came across three very different protests within a space of less than 500 meters. The political vibrance of Dublin is one of the reasons it's my favourite city in the world. I took these pictures because I had a feeling Gubu World readers would enjoy.
The first protest, naturally was outside the GPO on O'Connell Street. The GPO has a certain psychological impact on the Irish people because of its connection with the 1916 Rising and as a result it becomes the focus point of most demonstrations in the capital. It was a demonstration against the Chinese governments ongoing persecution of Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a form of spiritual discipline that is combined with a martial art of sorts. I have been aware of its significance ever since writing an essay in college on the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. The Chinese people have a history of combining political activism with spirituality and meditation. As a result, the Chinese government have been mercilessly persecuting those involved in the practise which they deem as being anti government.
I then came across a demonstration by Armenians living in Ireland who were lobbying the Irish government to recognise the persecution of Armenians by the Turks during World War One as genocide. Perhaps as many as two million Armenians were slaughtered by the Turks in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Recognition of the crime as genocide has become extremely controversial with the Turkish Government vehemently opposing any nations' attempt to declare it as such.
And finally, and a bit more bizarely I came across a demonstration outside the headqaurters of "Scientology Ireland" on Middle Abbey Street. The small group of demonstrators were holding banners and chanting slogans which derided scientology as a cult. I spoke to one man who told me his sister had given the organisation all her money and cut off complete contact with her family. Very troubling indeed.

7 comments:

builder man said...

To Ted Leddy. The topic in question in your previous blog was America, not other questionable states in the world. America is important to all of us because of its power to change our lives. Ignorance in America affects us here (the Iraq War etc.), not to mention the misery and deaths caused to the Palestinians by this same ignorance. On these posts I have praised the courage and sacrifices of its people in WW2 which helped to save the world for freedom and democracy. I note that neither you or any of your friends here had any constructive criticisms of my posts, just the usual foul language which is beginning to dominate this blog from people who cannot bear different opinions from their own.

Paul said...

You are lying all of your posts met with referenced counter-arguments from myself and especially Rob Harris and TSW. Go and cry somewhere else.

builder man said...

To Paul. I was referring to the recent posts. Crying occasionally is no bad thing and certainly crying over the ignorance in the world (and on this blog), that causes so much misery and death to the innocent, is worthy of praise, not contempt.

Paul said...

Oh well if it was just 'your recent posts' that did not meet with referenced counter-arguments like all of your others did you could have said so? I could look at those recent posts of yours myself but :

a. Doubtless you're full of crap and they were reasoned with.

b. I can't be arsed anyway, all you will have done is repeat aged leftist dogma concerning the actions of western bodies. Whilst contextualising and therefore condoning terrorist murders as you did over the Fogel family (saying they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

c. You're a nob.

Paul said...

Ted, what role did Irish Forces play in capturing Taylor?

Ted Leddy said...

Paul,

He was actually captured in Nigeria. But I have it on good authority that Irish troops in Liberia were involved in important intelligence gathering which led to information on his whereabouts. When he landed in Monrovia Irish troops secured the airport (the threat of an attempt to either rescue or kill Taylor was very real) , detained him and escorted him to Den Hague.

Liberia is I believe one of the few cases of the UN getting it right. 15,000 troops (500 Irish) with a strong peace enforcement mandate occupied the country, stabilised it and oversaw its transition to democracy which has resulted in the election of Africas first female head of state and the first head of state being successfully prosecuted for war crimes. Not bad when you consider that 10 years ago Liberia was the closest you can get to hell on earth.

The System Works said...

Ted: I don't think the UN has been doing honourable work in West Africa, as I say in my own post on Sierra Leone: http://thesystemworks.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/1429/.

However, I am glad that Charles Taylor wont be partying with Naomi Campbell and Nelson Mandela again anytime soon (how could they ever have fit all that evil into one party?!)