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The People vs. The Free State: The fight for housing rights in Ireland

With the negligence of the housing crisis from the government of the Irish Free State made up of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail & Green Party. It comes to the working class people to take the responsibility of the housing crisis that plagues Ireland into their own hands. Homeless numbers continue to rise due to this negligence, with numbers of homeless in the country currently over 10,000 people. The people of Ireland must fight back against the systematic oppression imposed on them by the rulers of the supposed free state "Republic" and their security forces.

As Ireland heads into winter, the free state government are "considering" an eviction ban during the winter, such things that need to be "considered" should be seen as hostile acts towards the people of Ireland. Consideration of such topics shows the negligence of the government and shows that they have such powers to stop evictions from happening all together but choose to align themselves with bankers, landlords and private security forces that keep their parties running and their pockets fat.

Ireland has had a long history of anti landlord actions, starting during the famine with the Irish National Land League, an organisation dedicated to fighting for the poor farmer tenants of the country against the British crown's occupation and illegal evictions that ripped families from their homes during the genocidal famine in Ireland.

In modern times, we have groups like the "Revolutionary Housing League", a collective of socialists dedicated to fighting the Capitalist system by offering safe refuge for the homeless and refugees that are in Ireland, by taking over vacant buildings and turning them into safe shelters for the people abandoned by the Capitalist regime. Recent events from the Housing League included the occupation of "Ionad Seán Heuston", an abandoned factory located in Parkgate street, Dublin, which was turned into a homeless shelter and also hosted social events such as live music and revolutionary readings. The building operated for a few months before pro-state forces raided the compound, forcing it's inhabitants back on to the streets of Dublin. The Revolutionary Housing League has seized multiple buildings in Dublin with some successfully still being held and some other occupations lost to state forces

"Murals in the occupied building of Ionad Seán Heuston"

Actions such as these build the foundations of revolutionary thought for the people of Ireland, showing them that there is an alternative option to what they currently see in the country, and show them that the alternative focuses on people rather than profit and privatization. The reactionary government will always remain hostile to the idea of the people becoming independent and free from the tight grip that they hold on the country.

Mao Zedong, a Chinese Marxist theorist, militant revolutionary and chairperson of the Chinese Communist Party stated once:

"The ruthless economic exploitation and political oppression of the peasants by the landlord class forced them into numerous uprisings against its rule....".

Quoting this, the people of Ireland should rise up against landlords in a militant fashion and say no to illegal evictions and say no to privatized housing.

James Connolly said it best with his famous quote:

"If you remove the English Army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle., unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts will be in vain. England will still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs".

The government aligns themselves with the European Union and the United Kingdom. It's our duty as socialists & communists to rebuild the socialist republic envisioned by likes of Comrades James Connolly, Jim Larkin and Liam Mellows.

Graffiti done by activists of the PCL put up in areas of northside Dublin

The Party for Communism & Liberation stands by our comrades in revolutionary organisations such as the "Revolutionary Housing League" in the fight to bring housing for all the people in Ireland and to fight back against the tyrannical government that has its focuses on privatization and the profiteering from the exploitation of the peasant and working classes. The Central People's Committee of the PCL urge those who share our beliefs to join us and help fight back against the regime that harms the working class daily and to help us establish a republic for all.

"The people united will never be defeated!"

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