Paul Murphy MEP victim of Garda Brutality in Rossport

Dublin MEP Paul Murphy was part of a Socialist Party contingent on a peaceful protest organised by the community in Rossport and the Shell to Sea campaign today.

At that protest he, and the other peaceful protesters were brutally assaulted by the Gardai. Here Paul Murphy reports on what happened.

I came to Rossport today as part of a delegation of Socialist Party members to support the community and the Shell to Sea campaign against an unsafe onshore high pressure pipeline being and to protest against the giveaway of our natural gas and oil resources to multinationals like Shell.

I have witnessed and experienced the Garda violence that is used against protestors on a daily basis. I participated in a peaceful sit-down protest in front of a truck used by Shell that had been mounted by a protester. In order to remove our peaceful sit-down protest, the Gardai used a level of violence deliberately designed to inflict pain on the protestors.

The Gardai repeatedly called for each other to target protesters’ pressure points. What this meant was made clear when my left ear was twisted repeatedly to the point of excruciating pain and I was repeatedly poked beneath the ribs in a sensitive area causing significant pain. I was also hit in the head and was violently dragged and pulled in such a manner as to rip my jumper.

I was not the only peaceful protestor to be targeted with this level of violence, other participants in the sit-down protest were treated similarly. It is a very sinister development that the Gardai are openly targeting so-called pressure points. This is a deliberate attempt to inflict significant pain on protesters to get them to give up the protest and to discourage them from participating in future protests. This development, which is a continuation of the Garda brutality which the people of the area have been subjected to for years, must be condemned. I call for an immediate and full public investigation, involving representatives of the community and the trade union movement, into the behaviour of the Gardai in Rossport over the last number of years.

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article

World economy: Capitalists unable to stop the turmoil

Next Article

A new phase of the great recession

Related Posts

Peter Hadden, leading Socialist Party member, dies

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Peter Hadden died at his home in Belfast yesterday (May 5th) after a courageous battle against cancer. Peter played an enormous role in the workers' movement in Ireland and internationally, and will be remembered with great fondness and admiration by the thousands of workers he struggled alongside.

The socialist alternative to right-wing, sectarian politics

Socialist Party Statement November 2010

The deep problems facing capitalism worldwide continue to reverberate through the economy. The financial crisis has exposed the underlying weakness in the “real economy”. In turn the economic downturn has rebounded back on the financial sector and has caused a crisis of governmental debt. The austerity measures being carried out by governments across the globe will undermine any chance of “recovery” and threaten to deepen the economic crisis, to the extent that many countries could be on the same road which led to Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990’s. 
The effect of the on-going crisis of the system in Ireland, North & South, and Britain will be profound. The purpose of this document is to outline the economic, political and social perspectives for Northern Ireland so that socialists can foresee the main trends and processes which will influence the workers’ movement.

Bankruptcy – Is Ireland going bust?

UCD economist, Morgan Kelly, was pilloried by the establishment back in May when he said it was no longer a case of whether Ireland would go bankrupt but when.

Four months on, more and more establishment voices are beginning to entertain the notion that he may have been correct.