Is there any doubt at this stage that political policing is occurring in Ireland, if not actual repression, against the anti-water tax protesters and in particular, members of the Anti Austerity Alliance? The latest is that Paul Murphy has been banned on making collections on behalf of the movement, and going door-to-door in his constituency. The Government and senior Gardaí are using resources to undermine democratic process and the right of people to protest.
For a political group which does not accept corporate donations, and relies on the donations that ordinary people can afford to make to it, this ban on collecting indicates a political move to hinder the funding of the Anti-Austerity Alliance. It also appears as an attempt to further criminalise members of the AAA and Socialist Party, such is the threat that the establishment apparently feels from them politically.
Since the news of this, Paul Murphy says he has received many messages from people wishing to donate to the movement through other ways.