The jury in the Jobstown trial has just found that the defendants, who were accused of “false imprisonment” for a sit-down protest against water charges that blocked a politician’s car, are all not guilty.
But, while the six defendants in this case (and the seventh who had his charges dropped) have been cleared, there’s still the seventeen-year-old who was convicted on the same dodgy evidence in a judge-only hearing, and another eleven defendants are awaiting trial on more charges coming from the same incident. There’s a protest in Dublin on Saturday July 1st demanding the rest of the charges are dropped.
If anyone reading this is around this evening, the defence campaign have also said “After that momentous decision today we will be heading to Molloys pub in Tallaght village. Everyone, and we mean everyone, is welcome. We should be there for 4pm. Could be a late one 😎😎”
For more indepth reading on this verdict and what it means, the Workers Solidarity Movement have just published a piece on the verdict, Garda, Labour and class rule in Ireland, which is worth a read to get a bit more detail on the issues involved.
“Jobstown reminds us that the longer the state continues to impose austerity in Ireland, the more it will encounter popular opposition. The more it resorts to force or fraud to counter that opposition, the more it faces a crisis of legitimacy. Jobstown is innocent! The state is guilty! The charges against the remaining defendants in the two next trials must be dropped and the earlier conviction of the 17 year old over turned.
The collaboration of political parties, media and garda in the farce that was the Jobstown trial reminds us that all these serve a tiny percentage of the people living in Ireland, the multi millionaires and billionaires. That gang will stop at nothing to maintain their wealth and power, it’s long past time to show them the door. The laughter of our children in a free society (while history only remembers their shameful role) shall be our retribution.”