Tens of Thousands Protest Against Austerity in Ireland

Tens of thousands of people have marched through cities in Ireland in a massive show of anger against severe austerity measures and high costs of living.

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February 10, 2013
Article from Voice of Russia
 

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, which organized the rallies, claimed more than 100,000 people attended, with some 60,000 marching in Dublin. Demonstrators also protested in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.

Tough cuts were implemented to please Ireland’s creditors in the wake of the country’s banking crisis. It has been relying on a joint EU-IMF loan since 2010.

The “Lift the Burden” march took place despite the Irish government’s recent bank debt deal with the European Central Bank. It saw 28 billion euro worth of costly promissory notes swapped for long-term sovereign bonds.

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