Université : affrontement à Dublin – 3 novembre 2010

Riot police and students clash in Dublin violence

bbc.co.uk

3 November 2010

Several people were taken away by police and others were knocked down in the violence Irish riot police have clashed with students who had occupied the Department of Finance in Dublin city centre.

Gardai forcibly ejected students from the lobby of the Merrion Row building on Wednesday afternoon. In violent scenes, at least one person was carried away, possibly unconscious. Others were visibly injured and bleeding.

The Union of Students of Ireland distanced itself from the violence.

The student protesters occupied the Department of Finance in a stand against plans to increase fees for third level education in the Republic of Ireland.

Several hundred students also staged a sit-down protest outside the building.

Violence erupted between police and students

Earlier, thousands of students marched to Merrion Square, where they were addressed by student leaders.

The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) has warned that thousands of students would be forced to drop out of college if the registration fee rises again.

It has been suggested that the charge could rise from its current level of 1,500 euros to 2,500 euros.

USI President Gary Redmond said: « The organisation is deeply disappointed at the destructive behaviour of a minority of people at the Department of Finance, which occurred separately from the USI march.

« We do not condone destructive behaviour and believe that peaceful protest and open discussion and debate is the way forward for the students of Ireland. »

 

Gardaí, students clash in Dublin

rte.ie

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Student leaders have condemned the action of protestors who clashed with gardaí after a protest against plans to increase registration fees for third level students.

Student leaders have condemned the action of protestors who clashed with gardaí after a protest against plans to increase registration fees for third level students.

There was disruption in Dublin city centre this afternoon after protests outside the Department of Finance on Merrion Street and the Dáil on Kildare Street.

A number of people were injured during scuffles with gardaí on Merrion Row, while three gardaí received medical attention after being injured by objects thrown by protestors.

One garda was admitted to hospital with a broken nose, the other two gardaí were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Gardaí have charged two men in their 20s arrested after the protest.

One has been charged with criminal damage and the other with a breach of the peace.

Both are due in court over the coming weeks.

A third person was released without charge and a file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Union of Students of Ireland President Gary Redmond said he is saddened by the actions of a minority of protestors today.

Mr Redmond said the occupation of the Department of Finance by a number of protestors was not representative of the USI.

He said that many of the clashes with gardaí occurred during the USI address to protestors on Merrion Square.

Gary Redmond said the actions of protestors engaged in a sit-down protest outside Leinster House were also not condoned by the USI.

A garda spokesperson said 50 people entered the lobby of the Department of Finance on Merrion Row but were removed a short time later by gardaí.

Meanwhile, the Socialist Workers Party has accused gardaí of assaulting some of their members and other protestors.

Spokesperson Karl Gill, a student at University College Dublin, said gardaí had aggravated a peaceful sit-in at the Department of Finance this afternoon.

Mr Gill said a small number of protestors who had occupied the Department were forcibly removed by gardaí.

He also alleged that one protestor had his head stamped on by a garda member and he says another female protestor was ‘attacked’ by a garda dog.

Mr Gill said six arrests were made, which the Socialist Workers Party is claiming were unlawful.

USI march

The violent scenes followed a peaceful USI protest against plans to increase registration fees.

An estimated 40,000 people marched to Merrion Square, where they were addressed by student leaders.

The union said any attempt to impose cuts on students will meet with strong opposition.

USI says thousands of students will be forced to drop-out of college if the registration fee rises again.

The latest speculation is that the charge will rise from its current level of €1,500 to €2,500.

The last big student march was in 2008 when 15,000 people took to the streets.

‘All areas considered for reductions’

The Taoiseach refused to be drawn in the Dáil this morning on whether third-level fees would be introduced or capitation fees increased in the forthcoming Budget.

He also rounded on the Labour Party decision to abolish third-level fees, branding it ‘not very socially progressive’.

Brian Cowen said it was imperative that all areas would be considered for reductions and no area could be ring fenced or immune to cuts.

The Taoiseach said he could not divulge what was being discussed at Cabinet but no decisions had yet been taken. A good discussion was ongoing in relation to such matters, he added.

The Taoiseach was responding to Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore who said the revised Programme for Government had committed not to increase student contributions.

Mr Gilmore said the revised programme was produced in an economic environment that was not radically different from now.

He said it did not make sense to put more obstacles in the way of young people continuing education.

Mr Cowen accused the Labour Party of abolishing third-level fees for all in an attempt to hold onto its middle-class vote.

The Cabinet is considering other education cuts too, among them, Department of Education sources say class size at primary and second-level is likely to be increased.

 

Violent clashes at student protest

The Irish Times

Thursday, November 4, 2010

THE LARGEST student protest in a generation was marred yesterday by violent clashes in which bricks, beer cans, eggs and placards were hurled at gardaí.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI), which mobilised over 25,000 for the protest, distanced itself from a group of breakaway protesters involved in clashes outside the Department of Finance on Merrion Street, Dublin.

The USI blamed “left-wing” groups for the “destructive and anti-social violence” which it said would only divert attention from its campaign against higher student fees.

Supporters of Sinn Féin, the Socialist Workers Party and republican socialist group Éirígí were prominent among about 50 protesters who made it inside the Finance building, only to be swiftly ejected by gardaí.

Gardaí in riot gear drew their batons and mounted officers were deployed during clashes with several youths that lasted about 45 minutes.

Some protesters suffered cuts to the head and bloody noses during the scuffles.

One garda was admitted to hospital with a broken nose, while two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

There were three arrests. The suspects were taken to Pearse Street Garda station, and one had been released without charge last night. The other two were charged with criminal damage and breach of the peace offences and released.

Gardaí believe a core of “militant and aggressive” protesters not connected with the USI had hijacked the event.

25,000 protest against fees increase

The Irish Times

Thursday, November 4, 2010

IN THE largest student protest for a generation, at least 25,000 voiced their opposition to increased student fees outside the Dáil yesterday.

As he surveyed the vast crowd on Merrion Street, the president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Gary Redmond declared: “The sleeping giant that is the student movement has been awoken.’’

For too long, he said, students had been a sitting target for the Government, but the movement had been reinvigorated and they would no longer roll over.

Pointing their fingers accusingly towards Leinster House, the students chanted “I am a Vote, I am a Vote” for several minutes. It was a powerful moment during a protest which seemed at times like a throwback to student resistance in the 1960s.

The scale of the protest, organised hurriedly after weekend reports of a threatened €3,000 student charge, appeared to take even the USI by surprise. It estimated that over 40,000 attended the event. Protesters wore yellow T-shirts bearing the slogan Education Not Emigration.

A feature of the protest was the large number of students from the Letterkenny, Tralee, Limerick and Galway/Mayo institutes of technology.

Virtually every third-level college in the State – university and institute of technology – appeared to be represented. In all, over 200 buses ferried students from campuses all over the Republic. The protest took over 90 minutes to make the short journey from Parnell Square to Merrion Street.

In his address, Mr Redmond exhorted students to return to their lecture halls and their college libraries with a new determination to face down education cuts.

Despite the clashes which would later mar the event, the main protest was notable for its good humour and bonhomie.

Needing little cajoling from the main speakers, the crowd delivered its own rendition of Oh Mary, Why Don’t You Have Some Sense? – in this case the song was directed at Minister for Education Mary Coughlan.

Behind the good humour, the placards also reflected real concern about a grim future of unemployment or emigration. One said “Pay My Fees or Pay My Dole”; another read, “BA Hons not BA to London”.

In his address, Mr Redmond said the huge attendance reflected the fear among students about further increases in college fees.

“Thousands of students are already struggling to fund their college education, and any increases in fees will force many of these students to drop out of their courses. It will also prevent thousands of potential students from entering third-level education in the future,” he said.

Students, Mr Redmond added, are “the key to Ireland’s future prosperity”. We have, he said, sent a “clear message that we will not stand idly by while being targeted in the budget”.

The USI later blamed “left-wing’’ groups for the “destructive and anti-social violence” which it said would only divert attention from its campaign against increased student fees. Mr Redmond said: “This anti-social behaviour was completely separate from USI’s protest.’’

Gardaí, students clash in Dublin

rte.ie

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Student leaders have condemned the action of protestors who clashed with gardaí after a protest against plans to increase registration fees for third level students.

Student leaders have condemned the action of protestors who clashed with gardaí after a protest against plans to increase registration fees for third level students.

There was disruption in Dublin city centre this afternoon after protests outside the Department of Finance on Merrion Street and the Dáil on Kildare Street.

A number of people were injured during scuffles with gardaí on Merrion Row, while three gardaí received medical attention after being injured by objects thrown by protestors.

One garda was admitted to hospital with a broken nose, the other two gardaí were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Gardaí have charged two men in their 20s arrested after the protest.

One has been charged with criminal damage and the other with a breach of the peace. Both are due in court over the coming weeks.

A third person was released without charge and a file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Union of Students of Ireland President Gary Redmond said he is saddened by the actions of a minority of protestors today.

Mr Redmond said the occupation of the Department of Finance by a number of protestors was not representative of the USI.

He said that many of the clashes with gardaí occurred during the USI address to protestors on Merrion Square.

Gary Redmond said the actions of protestors engaged in a sit-down protest outside Leinster House were also not condoned by the USI.

A garda spokesperson said 50 people entered the lobby of the Department of Finance on Merrion Row but were removed a short time later by gardaí.

Meanwhile, the Socialist Workers Party has accused gardaí of assaulting some of their members and other protestors.

Spokesperson Karl Gill, a student at University College Dublin, said gardaí had aggravated a peaceful sit-in at the Department of Finance this afternoon.

Mr Gill said a small number of protestors who had occupied the Department were forcibly removed by gardaí.

He also alleged that one protestor had his head stamped on by a garda member and he says another female protestor was ‘attacked’ by a garda dog.

Mr Gill said six arrests were made, which the Socialist Workers Party is claiming were unlawful.

USI march

The violent scenes followed a peaceful USI protest against plans to increase registration fees.

An estimated 40,000 people marched to Merrion Square, where they were addressed by student leaders.

The union said any attempt to impose cuts on students will meet with strong opposition.

USI says thousands of students will be forced to drop-out of college if the registration fee rises again.

The latest speculation is that the charge will rise from its current level of €1,500 to €2,500.

The last big student march was in 2008 when 15,000 people took to the streets.

‘All areas considered for reductions’

The Taoiseach refused to be drawn in the Dáil this morning on whether third-level fees would be introduced or capitation fees increased in the forthcoming Budget.

He also rounded on the Labour Party decision to abolish third-level fees, branding it ‘not very socially progressive’.

Brian Cowen said it was imperative that all areas would be considered for reductions and no area could be ring fenced or immune to cuts.

The Taoiseach said he could not divulge what was being discussed at Cabinet but no decisions had yet been taken. A good discussion was ongoing in relation to such matters, he added.

The Taoiseach was responding to Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore who said the revised Programme for Government had committed not to increase student contributions.

Mr Gilmore said the revised programme was produced in an economic environment that was not radically different from now.

He said it did not make sense to put more obstacles in the way of young people continuing education.

Mr Cowen accused the Labour Party of abolishing third-level fees for all in an attempt to hold onto its middle-class vote.

The Cabinet is considering other education cuts too, among them, Department of Education sources say class size at primary and second-level is likely to be increased.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 4 novembre 2010.

Une Réponse to “Université : affrontement à Dublin – 3 novembre 2010”

  1. En français, un petit article de Sud-étudiant:

    http://nanterre.over-blog.com/article-irlande-40000-etudiants-manifestent-contre-la-hausse-des-frais-d-inscription-60277609.html

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