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Yuppies mark Rossport card

The Sunday Times: Yuppies mark Rossport card

“A city-centre rally in support of the Rossport Five, the jailed Shell pipeline protesters, was heckled by a counter-demonstration staged by four young crusaders styling themselves as “pro-capitalists”. “…the impertinent interlopers really seemed to annoy the various Green, Labour, Sinn Fein and independent TDs who have leapt aboard the Rossport bandwagon.”

Sunday 31 July 2005

Wit is the last weapon one expects to see used in the guerrilla war between the far-left, environmentalist and anarchist factions that sputters away on the fringes of Dublin’s growing protest community. Last weekend, however, we caught a glimpse of a small but intrepid group that seemed determined to put the card into placard.

A city-centre rally in support of the Rossport Five, the jailed Shell pipeline protesters, was heckled by a counter-demonstration staged by four young crusaders styling themselves as “pro-capitalists”.

Dressed in neat yuppie-wear, the capitalist bloc carried pickets bearing slogans such as: “Free trade, not farmers!”, “You should be shopping!” and “What about our jeeps?” Nobody at the main demo seemed sure whether the gatecrashers were genuine capitalist cheerleaders or anti-capitalist double agents, though the shoddiness of their placards suggests the latter. Either way, the impertinent interlopers really seemed to annoy the various Green, Labour, Sinn Fein and independent TDs who have leapt aboard the Rossport bandwagon.

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