Several hundred people took to the streets of Galway this afternoon in what was one of the largest antiracist march and rally witnessed in the city for some time. Community and antiracist groups along with many trade union activists including the Industrial Workers of the World rallied as part of a county-wide effort to highlight the inhumane conditions at Direct Provision centres nationally.
Today's actions began with a public rally at Eyre Square, which hours earlier was the scene of an antifascist confrontation against the small fascist "political party" as they attempted to unfurl a hate banner ahead of toddy's march. That confrontation ended abruptly as their leading light, Justin (Milkshake) Barrett was left resembling "a painters radio".
Each speaker condemned the racist hate card being played in the county by a small number of isolated individuals but reassured those in attendance that Galway was welcoming city of tribes from many different nationalities and cultures and that racist elements would not be tolerated. The march itself weaved its way through the city streets towards the Eglinton Direct Provision Centre in Salthill.