Large numbers turned out over the weekend for an anti-racism and anti-hate speech rally lead by the group Speakers Unicorner organised in the wake of Gemma O’Doherty’s ongoing demonstration outside Google HQ.
Speakers Unicorner stated the reason for the rally was “to stand up in numbers to the racists and fascists who have been ensconced there (Barrow Street) for weeks and to stop their spreading of hate on our streets”.
The rally began at the Irishtown Garda Station to further urge the gardai to take action against those who use hate speech and encourage racism and violence, especially as the station covers Barrow Street, where O’Doherty’s demonstrations have taken place.
The rally then progressed to Google HQ to urge them to further remove hate figures from their platforms. Those involved in the peaceful group played music, and created a ‘party’ atmosphere. A small group of counter demonstrators from Anti-Corruption Ireland – a group which supports O’Doherty – also turned up at the location.
— Will St Leger ? (@WillStLeger) August 10, 2019
O’Doherty’s demonstration, now in its fifth week, has whipped up far-right rhetoric, as evidenced by photos of her supporters giving Nazi salutes outside the Google offices. O’Doherty complains she is being subjected to censorship as the Google subsidiary YouTube removed her from its platform for violating community rules.
— ? Izzy Kamikaze ? (@IzzyKamikaze) August 12, 2019
One of the organisers of the rally, Buzz O’Neill, shared “The noise being made locally here on Barrow Street is being amplified in small towns and villages around the country. The far right is whipping up hysteria. We need to take action to stop this message from spreading across the country.”
#SpeakersUnicorner Anti Hate Rally earlier. Great craic, peaceful & met loads of locals asking how can they stop constant noise & hate that goes right into their apt. Two pics from today. Tell me again who's the racist? Me the one with the sign or the lads with their Nazi salute? pic.twitter.com/DJa7bNGUwX
— Hazel Chu (@hazechu) August 10, 2019
Green Party councillor, Hazel Chu, who attended the rally shared how she has been targeted online by O’Doherty’s supporters: “People are now questioning whether I had the right to be elected even though I was born in Ireland. I am getting a lot of hate mail at the moment telling me to go back to China. I am now also getting silent calls. I had six nuisance calls on Friday.”
Challenging racists and idiots has never been such fun! At #SpeakersUnicorner on Barrow St standing up for decency.
Apologies for the terrible quality of the video (and the fascists!) but I ripped it from my own Facebook live pic.twitter.com/pr2ibMxU2T
— Dr Panti Bliss-Cabrera (@PantiBliss) August 10, 2019
The original statement from Speakers Unicorner continued, “We… call on our government to take effective action and immediately address the wilful fuelling of racism and hate by groups like ACI, The National Party and IREXIT. Their rhetoric is already having a dangerous impact in communities around the country…
“The time to stop the far-right from gaining any more traction in our society and communities is NOW.”
By the end of #SpeakersUnicorner the far right were looking very demoralized & dejected. Turned up fancying themselves as hard men only to be faced down by 10 times their number giving it loads to #YMCA pic.twitter.com/3e3ASfJQEi
— Workers Solidarity (@WSMIreland) August 10, 2019
In a show of people power, Workers Solidarity shared how the community getting together in solidarity can indeed have an affect on those who aim to spread hatred.
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