Youth Defence are on the move. Not too far unfortunately. Oireachtas Retort has a look at their day out.
Back in 2012, our intrepid photographer had great fun outside the Dáil
I have never been challenged so often at any demonstration as this evening as to whom I ‘represent’, which paper, and do I know the truth about the story. While being herded around the big screens carrying a Youth Defence video, so organisers could move the two ranks of young people to the front of the demo, an elderly woman followed me insisting that the Savita case was ‘being manipulated’. I replied ‘I can see that’.
People kept insisting that I take photographs of the young people, it was almost a mantra that rose above the hymns being sung by the crowd as they were getting ready for the second coming, or whatever it was the buzz was all about.
They are not keen on anyone pointing to the micromanagement behind these events.
Young people are totally leading the way you see…
According to the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development, Custom House Square in Belfast has a ‘maximum capacity’ of 5000.
It probably gets close enough to that, when packed, during the Belsonic festival.
Never to be bound by truth or physics however, Youth Defence managed an impressive 8000 for their joint ‘rally’ with Precious Life this afternoon.
Quite an achievement.
Let no one claim the crowd wasn’t politically aware.
You can get a better idea of density with this view from the back.
Jammers, there is even room for a marquee. Youth Defence have a big problem with the truth.
Who knows what else they are being dishonest about?