Protesters call for legislation
Published 18/11/2012 | 05:00
More than 11,000 people joined the candle-lit vigil and march through Dublin in memory of Savita Halappanavar yesterday. Similar vigils took place in Galway, where Savita had been living, and in other cities and towns.
In Dublin they marched from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square. The crowds chanted "legislate now" and "never again" as they marched down O'Connell Street with protesters holding placards saying "Dail dithers, women die".
The protesters stretched from Merrion Square to the gates of Leinster House where they held a vigil and chants of "shame on Labour" were heard echoing through the crowd.
President of India Club Ireland, Tania Kaur-McFarland, said she was getting a lot of calls from family and friends in India who were concerned over the events that led to Savita's death.
She said: "In the 21st Century this should never happen and it should never happen to any of our sisters or daughters in Ireland. Going forward there should be a change and women should be given a choice.
"People in India are very sad and they are very angry. People are very surprised and think Ireland is so backward."
There was a noticeable absence of politicians, apart from members of People before Profit, Joan Collins and Richard Boyd-Barrett, along with former Socialist Party member, Clare Daly, who spoke to crowd.
Mr Boyd-Barrett said it was the "moment of truth" for the Labour Party, as it was a core principle, but "backwoodsmen in Fine Gael" would oppose the measure.