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Water protests ‘about building support, not alienating citizens’ – Adams

20 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking following the jailing of five water protesters, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said:

“No one should have to spend one night in gaol because of their opposition to water charges. The resources dedicated to these arrests and the swiftness of the prosecutions stands in contrast to the failure to take legal proceedings against those who bankrupted the state”

“By its insistence in enforcing water charges, the government has alienated many people from the political process and deepened divisions in our society.”

“The Taoiseach should use this weekend’s Fine Gael Ard Fheis to announce the scrapping of water charges.”

“In my view, it is entirely legitimate and right to protest in a peaceful way against water charges. Such protests have drawn hundreds of thousands of citizens onto the street and have forced the government to amend their plans.  Citizens need to continue to protest to bring an end to water charges.”

“The Right to Water movement includes a small number of groups and individuals whose actions have narrowed the appeal of the campaign for example blocking traffic during rush hour last night in Dublin. Causing such disruption to citizens is counterproductive and plays into the hands of the establishment.”

“If the protests are to succeed, they must continue to include all of those opposed to water charging, must respect the rights of workers and must not inconvenience people. It must be about building support and not alienating citizens.” 

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