"Oon Da Maall"

Despite bad weather about 60 people marched from Daunt Square in Cork along Grand Parade and down South Mall to protest against capitalism and the 'deaths from Debt' today. The march was led by a large wooden coffin to symbolised the massive misery and death that has been caused by capitalism throughout the world. The coffin was followed by a series of banners proclaiming, 'Reclaim The World' and drawing attention to the poverty, inequality and the spread of environmental destruction that is going on now in the name of 'globalisation'. Red and Black colours were also prominent in attendance.

[Personal reports from Workers Solidarity Movement members of events they took part in or attended, these reports are posted to the Ainriail list when first written]

The Cork protest brought a major stoppage to traffic in the centre of the city, but apart from a number of minor exceptions motorists and lorry drivers took leaflets and appreciated the importance of the protest. The Cork march stopped for speeches and loud chanting outside three banks on the Mall (or "oon da Maall" as they say in banking circles here) - Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland and AIB. Speakers drew attention to the role that Irish banks play in 'world banking policies' and to the role of these policies in causing death, misery and inequality. Speakers also highlighted the role that these banks have played in the scandal of corruption that is rife in Irish political life.

The march closed with a symbolic occupation of the foyer of the imposing AIB bank on the Mall. Security and management at AIB seemed aghast at the sight of a very large coffin in their midst. When challenged about their bank's role in causing misery and exploitation, they responded "We have no comment. The Guards are on their way..."

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