i thought saturday was a success. the cycle was fun, and we got support
from pedestrians and a few motorists. the o'connell street closure went
incredibly well - i thought we'd have trouble closing it, but fair dues
to the people down the back who initially stopped the traffic with
little more than their bodies and bikes.
the arrests were a pity. hopefully the arrestees weren't treated too
rough, and were let go. if anyone knows what went on, let us know. i was
close to the front when the gardai started advancing, but i kept out of
their way when they got angry.
i saw a few bikes being ripped out of peoples' hands, very forcefully.
one garda had his baton out and was threatening to hit a cyclists hand
if he didn't let go of his bike. however, i didn't see anyone being hit.
the volleyball was good fun - one lesson, perhaps stick to inflatable
balls for the next one. a couple of scumbags got hold of one of the
real, heavy enough, footballs, and kicked it hard at burger king (trying
to get it inside) and also just kicked them as high into the air above
the pedestrians on the path. if it wasn't for people shouting 'heads',
someone could have been injured. i saw one football come down right
beside a man carrying a baby.
overall, though, it couldn't have gone better. well, unless the corpo
had actually shut down the city. we did a great job.