Reports of the Day of Action against Racism and Deportations


The Day of Action in Ireland was called by the Anti-Racist Campaign, Anti-Fascist Action and the Association of Refugees & Asylum Seekers. In Cork it was organised by Immigrant Solidarity

Offical endorsers included

African Refugee Network, Barbara Bergin (actress in Fair City), Laura Brennan (actress in Glenroe), Ciaran Cuffe (Green Party councillor), Supported by 'In Touch' (magazine of the INTO teachers union), Irish Refugee Council, Amnesty International, Irish Travellers Movement, 'Newsline' (paper of the SIPTU trade union), SIPTU Education Branch, Community Media Network, Cork Council of Trade Unions, Development Education for Youth, Dublin Council of Trade Unions, Galway One World Centre, Happy City Samba School, Inner City Organisations Network, Ireland-Algeria Support Group, Irish Mexico Group, Kilkenny Grass Roots, Mid-West Against Racism, Ogoni-Solidarity Ireland, Praxis, Sadhbh O'Neill (Green Party), SIPTU Education Branch, Scheme Workers Alliance, Socialist Party, Teachers Union of Ireland, Dublin Post-Primary Branch, Tullamore One World Centre, Waterford Traveller Interest Group, Organise-IWA, Workers Solidarity Movement

Dublin

About 1200 people took part in the Dublin march, the photographs below show the march arriving at the GPO

More photographs of the Dublin Demonstration


Cork

The Cork 'No Deportations - No Racism'‚ march organised by Immigrant Solidarity was a loud and defiant shout of 'NO' to Minister for Injustice, John O'Donoghue. The march of 600 was led by a group of six gagged individuals‚ (dressed in black, with masks on their faces), chosen to represent the plight of the 16 persons so far deported from Ireland by O'Donoghue.

The march travelled along the Grand Parade and the South Mall and then crossed over to Anglesea Street where a letter of protest was handed in, to loud cheering, at the Immigration Office. Here also, a street theatre production of 'Who Is To Blame?'(for deportations) was performed by the youth theatre group 'Youth Links'.

The march continue from Anglesea Street to Merchant's Quay and then along Patrick's Street to Daunt Square for a rally. The rally at the end of march was addressed by

Mr Donal Guerin, on behalf of Immigrant Solidarity, called for "an immediate end to all deportations", stating them to be "inhuman and unjust." He drew attention to Ireland's record as a net exporter of people, and asked the people of Cork to show their disapproval by writing to John O‚Donoghue at the Department of Justice, protesting against the current policy.

Message of support for the Day of Action were read out - from the the Swedish union, the SAC, and from the FAU, the German section of the International Workers Association.

The Cork Day of Action ended with a further performance of 'Who Is To Blame?' There was also a promise by Immigrant Solidarity to build the campaign against deportations until it was large enough and strong enought to stop John O'Donoghue.

Banners on the march

The Organisers: The Cork march was organised by Immigrant Solidarity, a broad based alliance of activists opposed to the deportation of asylum-seekers. IS was formed in January of this years. We meet every Wednesday night at Connolly Hall at 8 pm.

 


Belfast

All Dublin bound trains on April 15 were leafletted by Organise-IWA! 


International

Some of the international Solidarity letters with April 25 demonstration against deportations

Some of the international protests in solidarity with the day of action


Media Coverage

Thousands march in anti-racist demo

From The Examiner
by Kevin Barry

THE first ever mass demonstrations against immigration laws and racism took place over he weekend when thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin, Cork and Limerick. And at the same time, protests were staged by Irish people outside embassies all over Europe and the United States. Dublin edged close to a standstill on Saturday afternoon as more than 1,000 protesters marched from St Stephen's Green to the GPO. One of the organisers, Pat Guerin, said the atmosphere was good and the march passed off without incident. Among the speakers in the capital were representatives of the African Refugees Network and the travellers' movement.

In Cork, more than 600 marched from Daunt Square to the Garda HQ at Anglesea Street, which houses the local immigration office. A letter of protest was handed in, detailing the anger felt at the treatment of the 16 immigrants who have already been deported. Among the speakers was Latif Sirhildan, a Kurdish refugee based in Cork.

"The march was intended to highlight the positive elements of a diverse, multi-cultural Ireland," says Kevin Doyle of Immigrant Solidarity, one of the organisers. "It was also aimed at keeping the issue of the deportations alive." Mr Doyle said the Department of Justice has failed to inform anti-immigration groups about the fate of the 16 people who have been deported from the country.

In Limerick, a crowd of around 100 took part in the march which was supported by the city's Mayor, Jan O'Sullivan.