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.
Mr. Johan Kwisthout
Mr. Dick Meeusen
Members of the council of the city of Breda, The Netherlands