On November 3rd, 2010, Irish riot police systematically battered the heads of seated, peaceful student demonstrators in full view of many cameras.
The students were seated outside the Department of Finance, Merrion Row. At that at that time EU placemen already had their legs under desks in that building, sifting through the data as they began work on a virtual IMF/EU coup over the Irish economy, with full complicity of the Irish Government.
The students were demonstrating against cuts and against punitive increases in fees that will prevent students from lower income families out of higher education.
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NAMAwinelake explains here that the IMF/EU bailout is entirely a bailout for banks and bondholders, that have no legal call on public funds and that it is not essential for the Irish economy or for public spending.
The actions of the riot police were not random or "out of control", and have all the appearance of a premeditated nod to the markets and to the EU/IMF by the Irish Government, that they have the "iron in the belly" required to bring in an era of social deprivation to salvage Europe's bankrupt financial system and to drive back any organised resistance.
Today, the Spanish air traffic controllers have been forced back to work under threat of a military emergency penal code not used since 1975. The air traffic controllers are very highly paid public sector workers, but are fighting against extended hours, halved incomes and privatisation of the Spanish air authority.
The use of legislation not used since 1975 and reminiscent of the fascist era has been widely reported to be a gesture to the markets and to the EU by the Socialist government in Spain that it is prepared to take any measures to bring about austerity for salaried workers and their familes.
The only way that our current economic system has of recuperating a dead financial sector is by increasing working hours, decreasing wages and cutting benefits and public services. The private sector also expects windfall gains even in a recession, through firesale forced sales of public assets under the command of the IMF and the pressures of the bond markets.Most of Spain's air traffic controllers have returned to work and airspace has reopened, after a walkout grounded flights and stranded thousands.
The government had imposed emergency measures not seen since military rule ended in 1975, threatening to prosecute workers who refused to end the strike.
Works minister Jose Blanco said the situation was improving, and all Spanish airspace had now reopened. But he added: "Normality will take some time, between 24 and 48 hours, if the controllers return to work as they must."
Airport authority AENA said some flights had already begun to leave.
But most airlines have already cancelled the majority of their flights in and
The government stepped in with the firmest possible measures. For the first time ever, the government has declared a state of alert in Spain, with immediate effect.
This means air traffic controllers are officially mobilised. If they refuse to work they will be committing the crime of disobedience according to Spain's military penal code. These are extremely tough measures being taken by the government, which says the controllers are holding the country hostage and that is unacceptable.
The controllers can earn 350,000 euros ($470,000; £297,000). There is not a lot of sympathy for them in a country with 20% unemployment.
The strike came as many Spaniards were preparing to enjoy a long holiday weekend. The army was called in to take charge of the country's airspace on Friday, (and occupied control towers) but they do not have the training to direct air traffic.
Announcing the first state of alert since the end of military rule in 1975, Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the air traffic controllers were trying to protect "unacceptable privileges".
"Our airports are still at a standstill, and according to the Spanish constitution, the government is imposing a state of alert," Mr Rubalcaba said.
"The immediate effect is that the controllers are are now under orders to go back to work and can be charged with a crime under the military penal code if they refuse. The state of alert will initially last for 15 days."
A rational response of investment, short time working and re-education, which could provide for full employment across Europe, is simply not feasible in a profit-based system.
The Irish and Spanish Government's actions, by a Fianna Fail and a Socialist government, shows that the governments we have now have used and will use force, if they feel it is required, to drive their favoured solutions through to preserve the positions of the wealthy.
The alternative is mass action across Europe to replace these politically bankrupt governments with elected representatives who are prepared to look after the needs of the population, not the banks. Better use of resources to maintain living standards won't happen under the present system.