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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 November 2018
Solidarity with Irish rape trial protests
Protesting against victim-blaming outside the Irish embassy, 16.11.18, photo by James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
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Megaphones and placards declaring "end victim-blaming" and "fight sexism - no to all oppression, no to austerity" were adorned with lacy thongs.
Young women and men crowded round the Irish embassy in London on 16 November in solidarity with protests against the terrible treatment of young rape victims in Irish courts.
"You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front."
These were the words of the barrister in a recent court case in Cork, where a 17-year-old's underwear was used as evidence against her accusation of sexual assault. The case has caused national and international outrage.
The London solidarity protest was called by Socialist Students. Enraged by the sexist actions of the courts, inspired by the protests in Ireland and the actions of Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD (MP) Ruth Coppinger holding up a lacy thong in the Irish parliament, nearly everyone on the protest signed up to get involved, and attend a Socialist Students meeting on 5 December on how to oust the Tories.
As well as lots of chanting, and speeches from Socialist Students London organiser Helen Pattison and UCL Socialist Students member Keishia Taylor, many protesters took the opportunity of our open mic to speak about their own experiences.
Socialist Party national organiser Sarah Sachs-Eldridge explained about Women's Lives Matter. This is a new campaign which is tackling head-on the big attacks taking place on women's refuges and women's services in Britain, calling on Labour councils to stop implementing the cuts.
Socialist Party London regional secretary Paula Mitchell explained the role of the organised working class in combating sexism, fighting to kick out the Tories and for a Corbyn-led government that stops the cuts and implements socialist policies.
Women's Lives Matter national meeting
- Saturday 8 December, 10.30am to 4pm, St George's Centre, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3DL
- Crèche places available - search 'Women's Lives Matter national meeting' on Facebook
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In The Socialist 21 November 2018:
What we think
Tories Out! General election Now!
May's government limps on... Corbyn and unions must call urgent, mass action
International socialist news and analysis
How can Trump be defeated?
Spanish state: Over one million students strike against sexism and for inclusive sex education
Political turmoil in Sri Lanka
Even UN slams Tory poorhouse Britain
Housing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!
75,000 kids in foster care - and counting: end cuts and for-profit care
Them & Us
What we saw
Save the high street: public ownership, not ghost malls
'Worker's death could happen again' at Leicester plastic factory
Arriva Rail North under pressure after nineteenth Saturday strike
Indefinite dinner ladies' and teaching assistants' strike
Hamilton posties walk out against bullying
Tube strike solid against victimisation
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Save our NHS - oust the Tory wreckers!
Solidarity with Irish rape trial protests
Thousands march against racism - now Corbyn and unions must take lead
Mansfield council must step in to save miners' park
Stop Nottingham Labour's cuts to disabled travel!
Step up fundraising for the Xmas Collectathon!
Nothing to offer from the Blairites
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