NO BORDERS MAYDAY WEEKEND - DUBLIN, IRELAND
Friday April 30th to Monday May 3rd
Everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or
background is welcome to participate or observe these
actions happening over the four days. We encourage
people to participate to work towards a city, and a
Europe, that values people above profit.
Friday April 30th
CRITICAL MASS began in San Francisco in 1992 and has
since spread around the world. Join us for this
celebration of non-motorised transport, as we take a
leisurely tour of the city streets, on bikes,
skateboards, pogo sticks, or just on foot.
Saturday May 1st (daytime)
BORDER CONTROLS STREET THEATRE: Welcome to the
official day of the new Fortress Europe. Warning: You
may be subject to stops by one of the Dublin
Grassroots Police Network who will be patrolling the
city in the morning. Experience the full reality of
Fortress Europe with ID & background checks, verbal
harassment, intimidation, and possible imprisonment
without trial if you do not measure up to the strict
BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS: During the war on Iraq, many
private and state businesses supported the transport
of murderous arms and US troops through Shannon
Airport in Ireland. This action will make the public
aware of who they are by painting the streets and
footpaths around their premises in blood red colour.
No war should ever be supported for profit.
WELCOME THE BOAT PEOPLE: Many asylum seekers and
refugees attempting to breach the Fortress Europe
barrier do so in boats and ships. Upon detection, they
are often sent back to their country of origin. This
time however, the people arriving by boat will be
welcomed. No human being is illegal - everyone should
be free to travel and live where they want without
fear of persecution.
HOMES NOT JAILS: Dublin expands, swallowing up the
countryside. Rents skyrocket and house prices are
beyond the reach of many with average incomes. The
number of homeless people sleeping on the streets
rises every year without any action by the State. Yet
all around the city are derelict buildings, crumbling
into the ground. This action aims to highlight this
appaling situation by occupying one of these buildings
and transforming it into a living space.
PUBLIC BEATINGS STREET THEATRE: Europe is reverting to
old-style policing and jailing policies. Rather than
look at what causes crime and dealing with problems in
society, the State increasingly utilises prisons
(often in terrible unsanitary condition) as a way of
sweeping the issues under the carpet. How long before
the stocks and gallows make a return? Today's the day.
Come along and watch true medieval punishment methods.
THE POLLUTER PAYS: The message during the recent anti
bin tax campaign was to tax the polluter. Is the
public responsible for waste when companies release
their products in layers of unneccesary packaging? How
much waste is produced by heavy industry that is not
recycled? This actions will be encouraging everyone to
bring their recyclable packaging back to the the
businesses that produce it.
RECLAIM THE CITY: The idea of the "common" or public
space is rapidly disappearing from the city, as rich
and powerful individuals claim it for private personal
use. This action will temporarily reclaim a part of
private land, and open it to the public for a picnic
and games in the May sunshine.
Saturday May 1st (evening)
BRING THE NOISE! The EU Ministers dine in the opulence
of Farmleigh House on Saturday evening at the expense
of the Irish taxpayer. We intend to march to their
doorstep and disrupt their dinner, to show them that
we do not agree with their vision of Fortress Europe!
Bring pots and pans, bells and whistles, horns and
drums to generate the biggest noise possible. May 1st
is historically a day for the ordinary people's wishes
to be heard. They have chosen to ignore us but they
cannot keep it up if we scream and shout.
Sunday May 2nd
NO BORDERS, NO NATIONS - NO BORDER CAMP: Join us as we
set up a No Border camp on the 2nd day of the new
Fortress Europe. We are not against the new ascension
states citizens coming to Ireland - we think all
refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants should be
allowed to travel here, regardless of origin,
ethnicity, or background. The No Border camp will be
open to everyone. Activities will include workshops,
discussions, teach-ins, planning for the future, as
well as music and food.
Monday May 3rd
NO BORDERS RECLAIM THE STREETS: The only party worth
joining in town! Reclaim The Streets happens again on
the May bank holiday to wind down the weekend. Unlike
the State's street party, everyone from around the
world is welcome to come to Dublin for this, not just
those that satisfy the demands of Fortress Europe.
Expect music and dancing, drinking and face painting,
a day for all to come and enjoy a vision of the Europe
that we really want
direct action against apathy
po box 3345
belfast bt9 7lp