Anti-Government protest march, Dublin, 27th November, 2010
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Over 50,000 people attended a protest march in Dublin on Saturday, 27th November, 2010, to protest against the Irish government, their handling of the economy and the EU/IMF 'bailout'. The march was organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions but included many with no union affiliations looking for an outlet to vent their anger at the present government.
The route went from Wood Quay to the GPO in O'Connell Street where a series of speeches were held. The atmosphere along the route was peaceful and family-friendly. After the main speeches, Joe Higgins MEP and Richard Boyd-Barrett from a new grouping called the United Left Alliance, addressed the crowds from underneath the O'Connell monument.
Following the main march, a small group of protesters marched to the Dail (Irish Parliament) where they set fire to a poster of Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen. A heavy Garda (Irish Police) presence ensured that this later demonstration passed off without major incident.