Anti-austerity and anti-property tax activists today occupied Limerick City Council chamber, delaying the official meeting to run a meeting of their own. Organised by the Campaign Against Property Tax & Austerity, this 'rogue' council voted to:
- Oppose all austerity attacks on working class people
- Condemn the property, water and septic tank taxes & encourage people to keep up the boycott
- Scrap all junkets at tax payers expense
- Make the rich and tax dodging corporations pay for their crisis
- Stand against the pro-austerity parties in next years local elections, and take their seats for good
CAPTA activist, Paul Keller, who moved the motion to oppose the property tax and austerity said: "The government parties are trying to bully people into paying this hated property tax, but we are here today to let them know they will be paid back in next years local elections. We want to kick out every politician that supports these austerity taxes and cuts, an instead have teams of anti-austerity, anti-property tax campaigners elected. Everyone who is sick and tired of austerity should get involved in building this alternative, as we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves to fight back. Labour Councillors in particular should be aware that if they keep supporting this austerity agenda, we will be coming to take their seats off them next year."
Fellow activist, Stephanie O'Shea explained that the campaign is appealing for people to get involved in this electoral challenge "If we are going to take on the political establishment in Limerick, we need everyone getting involved. In two weeks time we are holding an open public meeting on this initiative, where people can come along, find out more and get involved. The meeting is on Wednesday June 12th and starts at 8pm in the Absolute Hotel, and everyone interested in fighting austerity and the home taxes should come along. We want to involve as many genuine people as possible, from every community, in deciding on our manifesto and candidates. If you want to see a strong anti-austerity, anti-property tax challenge built, to wipe out the austerity parties, then please sign up to this initiative and get involved."
Having passed these motions, the campaigners left the council building, chanting "Axe the Tax or Watch Your Vote Collapse" as the sitting councilors took their seats. Red cards bearing the same message were also left for all the councilors as well. The campaign has announced that it is launching an initiative in Limerick to build the strongest possible anti-austerity challenge in the local elections due to take place this time next year. Everyone willing to help out is invited to sign up to the initiative in the next month, and come along to the decision making meetings, which culminates in a special selection convention on July 6th, which will decide on the candidates, manifesto and more.