The Guardian has published an interesting piece about the small village of Ballyhea in Ireland, the residents of which protest against austerity measures every Sunday.In Homa Khaleeli’s piece, she explores how the residents of the sleep hamlet have been affected by the economic trouble besieging Ireland since 2008.
Having decided that enough is enough, the residents march every Sunday (one march on Friday was said to have been criticised as a bad idea with the residents felt unhappy about causing a disruption). They’ve done it for 43 weeks now.
Naturally, protesting against austerity and economic hardship will draw comparison to the global Occupy protest, however Khaleeli writes:
“Yet while the motives may be close to the Occupy movement, whose anger has swept through the US, UK and now arrived in Ireland (Cork’s Occupy camp proudly displays one of Ballyhea’s two banners), that’s where the comparison ends. While the Occupy camps have been criticised for being too unfocused, and characterised as anti-capitalist, Ballyhea’s campaign is determinedly single issue and non partisan.”
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