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An estimated one hundred thousand people took to the streets of Dublin on Wednesday in protest against the Irish government’s planned water charges. Campaigners maintain they are a “regressive” austerity tax that many Irish citizens can’t afford to pay.
The charges form part of the Irish government’s wider debt re-payment strategy in the wake of a grueling bank bailout that cost Irish citizens in excess of €70 billion.
The mass demonstration began at 1pm in Dublin’s Merrion Square, adjacent to Ireland’s parliamentary headquarters.
Campaigners from diverse communities across Ireland marched through Dublin and assembled outside government buildings, where demonstrators listened to political speeches and musical performances.