'It's not our debt': Thousands of protesters attend anti-household charge rally24/03/2012 - 13:54:08
Thousands of people from around the country have turned out for an anti-household charge rally in Dublin.
The National Stadium on the South Circular Road is packed to capacity with hundreds more people queuing outside.
The rally comes one week before the €100 is due. About 80%, or 1.4 million of householders have still not paid.
Organisers say today's rally is to send a message nationwide that the non-registration movement can defeat this tax if activists stay united.
Spokesperson for the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes Ruth Coppinger has accused the Government of trying to scare people into paying the fee.
However, she said: "A lot of people are taking heart by seeing that their neighbour, their workmate, their cousin, their friend etc is not paying."
One protester at today's rally said: "Enda Kenny made a promissory note to the bondholders that he would pay them back. He's stuck with that. It's his problem - let him sort it out. We're not paying"
Another said: "This (household charge) is to bail out the banks - European banks and international banks. It's nothing to do with us. It's not our debt and we’re not paying it."
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