Charlie Flanagan would be in favour of legislation that would ensure the gardai can`t be photographed in the course of their duties.
Charlie and every other politician out there are making a story where one doesn`t exist.
The disgraceful comments directed at a Thug in a Balaclava, or the need to identify this thug wouldn`t have existed only for the Tyrant chose to act like a coward and cover himself up so he could intimidate and terrorise all who came upon him that day when he was allegedly carrying out his duties by baby sitting Housing Terrorists acting on behalf of the court service.
I am a water protester, i am a water meter protester. I was involved in the water proetests from the day it started. I was there on a daily basis fighting for my rights and the rights of every other citizen in this country.
Charlie Flanagan didn`t enact legislation to protect me when i and many others were labelled as the SINISTER FRINGE or members of ISIS.
No charlie and the scumbags in Leinster house found it amusing that we would be insulted at these slurs.
Charlie and co give out about the in your face video recording. Charlie seems to forget we live in a time where technology is advancing and the way protests happen has changed. If camera phones existed in 1916, we`d have the same outcomes.
The only difference the camera makes is it ensures the gardai who answer to no one answer to social media because when they step out of line there has to be a mechanism in place to deal with them. At this moment in time corrupt gardai are invincible and work with impunity and charlie wants to ensure that system of silence prevails because corrupt gardai protect corrupt politicians.
We as a society have a right to ask questions and expect answers, we have the right to question wrong doings by elected representatives and a police force who we expect to be impartial in the way they administer law enforcement.
It doesn`t work out just like that when these individuals are answerable to no one. We seen that with Maurice McCabe , who is a Guard and who recorded the Gardai in the course of his duty. Imagine a Guard felt the need to record the guards because even he didn`t think they were to be trusted ?
So if the gardai don`t trust the gardai , what hope is there that we will or should trust them ?
Charlie Flanagan would be best served trying to take the reputation of the gardai out of the gutter and ensuring they operate in a way where the citizens of Ireland can express satisfaction in the way they do their job and apply the laws that are supposed to govern us.
When i seen the images of Gardai wearing Balaclavas. I didn`t see Gardai there to protect and serve, i seen masked thugs waiting to impede the rights of citizens protesting against the state.
The same situations happened at the Shell to sea protests, the student protests on Kildare street, water meter protests and many more and we know this because of video evidence and even though we had the evidence the state cleared these pigs of wrong doing
Video 1 Gardai attacking Students because they valued their education
Video 2 Gardai attacking Activist during Reclaim the streets protest
Video 3 Gardai attacking Communities trying to protect their homes from Big corporations
Video 4 Gardai attacking communities trying to prevent water meter installation
Video 5 Gardai attacking Communities protesting against the Taoiseach
We have seen many instances where the gardai have over stepped the mark whilst carrying out their duties. If video evidence wasn`t available then they would once more be committing state violence with impunity.
When Maurice McCabe recorded Gardai it opened the doors to the level of criminality operating within the force, Drug dealing , Racketeering, murder and much more. It is more surveillance we need on our gardai and not less. Those trying to curb press freedom are as corrupt as the gardai they claim to represent.
Oh and if a Guard is worried about jibes made on social media , he is in the wrong job. i`m sure he has been called worse in the course of his duties.
He should have a thick skin because we all receive abuse online , only difference is we don`t all cry to the government.
Fuck the Irish Government and Fuck the police who protect them !
With many thanks to: Derek James Byrne for the original posting.