BLOODY SUNDAY PROTEST , DUBLIN , SATURDAY 30th JANUARY 2010.
On a dry day ,in ‘warmish’ sunshine , with a very cool breeze , about 50 republicans and supporters held a two-hour protest today on the traffic isle in O’ Connell Street , Dublin city centre , to mark the 38th Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’.
The protest , which was organised by Republican Sinn Féin Poblachtach ,was the 37th such protest the organisation has held in Dublin in relation to that massacre : they held their 1st Anniversary protest in that spot in 1973!
A total of one thousand eight hundred A4-size information leaflets (in ‘packs/booklets’ of three) were distributed to the public during the protest and were that well received that the same amount again , if they had been available ,could have easily been distributed! RSF President Des Dalton and John Horan , RSF Dublin , addressed the crowds over the two-hour period , and both stressed , amongst other things , the very real danger that another ‘Bloody Sunday’ could happen in the Occupied Six Counties as the Westminster parliament still claims military and political jurisdiction over that area of Ireland.
A reporter from a French radio station interviewed one of the RSF organisers in a ten-minute session , and a photojournalist from ‘Demotix.com’ was on site for just under one hour , capturing images which , she hoped , her Editor would publish in the next day or two ! Apart from the by-now usual (but unwelcome) interference by the State political police , the two-hour protest was a massive success , with new contacts made and offers of support from the public received and logged by the organisers for future reference and over 100 copies of the ‘Saoirse’ newspaper sold at the protest. It was an extremely well-received and well-organised protest , for which the organisers are to be congratulated!
A more detailed report , and more photographs , will be published in the February 2010 issue of ‘Saoirse’ , which goes to print on Wednesday next ,the 3rd of that month. Thank You for reading!
Slán go foill anois,