The finding of a 17 year old protester guilty of 'false imprisonment' of Joan Burton and her assistant is a gross miscarriage of justice and an outrageous assault on civil liberties and the right to protest. This young man has had this hanging over him for almost two years while he completed his Leaving Certificate and started college.
evidence of false imprisonment was presented. Instead, he was found guilty on the basis of images of him attending a protest,
leading a chant and holding a a megaphone. This verdict represents
the criminalisation of protest and sets an extremely dangerous
precedent. Any people who engage in sit-down protests or slow
marching in future now face the threat of being convicted of false
An appeal will be lodged and will likely be heard early in the new year. All those who
oppose the criminalisation of protest should now make a stand. The
right to protest must be defended by exercising it.
#JobstownNotGuilty is launching a national campaign to overturn this miscarriage of justice and to ensure that no further injustices are done to the 18 adults currently awaiting trial. We need significant funds to do so and defend the right to protest for all.