Wednesday 20 September 2017

The mysterious case of the vanishing protesters

So Donald Trump isn't welcome in Ireland, but a man whose boss drops bombs on children is? That makes no sense, says Eilis O'Hanlon

MEETING: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Joe Biden at Government Buildings. Photo: Arthur Carron
MEETING: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Joe Biden at Government Buildings. Photo: Arthur Carron

Eilis O'Hanlon

Campaigners pledged to organise protests against Donald Trump if the Republican Party's nominee for US president visited Ireland this week.

A 'Trump Not Welcome' umbrella group was formed, comprising Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit, the Greens and other feminist and anti-racist groups. In the event, the man who would be king didn't come, disappointing those for whom protesting is a way of life; but they didn't have to put away the placards so meekly. There was another target in town.

So where were the protests against US vice-president Joe Biden, who has been in the country since Tuesday, apparently researching his family tree? This is a man who supported sending troops to Afghanistan after 9/11 and who voted to authorise the Iraq War.

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