Ireland: Dutch councillors’ solidarity with imprisoned anti-tax activists

Breda, The Netherlands, September 20th 2003.

The following letter protesting the imprisonment of Joe Higgins TD and councillor Clare Daly in Ireland for resisting bin charges was sent by two Dutch Socialist Party councillors from the southern city of Breda. One of the signatories, Johan Kwisthout, is also a CWI supporter. cwi online

Protest against jailing of Joe Higgins TD and Cllr Clare Daly


An Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern T.D.

Mr Martin Cullen TD, Minister for the Environment and Local Government

Mr Michael McDowell TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform


We wish to protest against the jailing of Joe Higgins T.D. and Cllr. Clare Daly for their role in the anti-bin charges campaigns. We fully disapprove of jailing democratically elected representatives to silence them. We also hold the position that the jailing is a form of class injustice, since none of the Irish millionaire tax dodgers that have been hiding money in offshore Ansbacher bank accounts has been arrested, let alone jailed.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Johan Kwisthout

Mr. Dick Meeusen

Members of the council of the city of Breda, The Netherlands

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September 2003