Some more of the International opposition to the jailing of Joe and Clare.

Scottish trade unionists and socialists demand the release of Joe Higgins and Clare Daly
Protest statement sent by Scottish trade unionists and socialists to Fingal County Council in Ireland, on 21 September 2003.
We, the undersigned, demand the immediate release of Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins and Councillor Clare Daly who have been jailed for one month by the High Court in Ireland. Their only crime has been to stand by the people they represent and oppose the bin charges so unfairly levied upon the people.
Free Joe Higgins and Clare Daly
Scrap the bin charges
End double taxation
PCS (Public and Commercial services)
Janice Godrich - National President
Alan Brown National Executice Committee
G Thompson - Assistant branch secretary
M McCann - Chair Lanarkshire PCS
Thomas Currie
Steve Waz - shop steward Edinburgh

Ronnie Stevenson - Convenor of shop stewards Glasgow City social services department
Brian Smith - shop steward Glasgow City
Margaret Bean, Education officer North Glasgow hospitals
Ian Leech - West Dumbartonshire Council branch
E Wardrope - shop steward Glasgow
Mary Rolis
Gerry McGinley - Stirling Council Scottish chair voluntary sector committee
Donnie Nicolson
Marlyn Tweedie
Jim McFarlane - Chair Dundee City branch
Jim Main - shop steward Glasgow City branch
Ann Lynch
Arthur Nicholl Assistant Secretary Dundee City branch
M Mcintosh
Colin Torbett – Chair North Ayrshire branch
Caroline Palitti
John lamm

RMT (Rail Maritime and Transport)
Dougie Kinnear - President of Scottish regional council
G Martin shop steward
Graham Cambell
John Milligan national executive,

Amicus (Engineering union)
Iain Hogg
Andrew Gray
Willie Black - shop steward Edinbugh
John Starrs -shop steward Glasgow

AUT (Association of University Teachers)
Gregor Gall - University of Stirling branch executive
Tricia McCafferty
CWU (Communication Workers Union)

Derek Durkin - Edinburgh No 2 branch secretary
Gary Clark - minority grade branch secretary Edinburgh
Ian Johnston
Fraser Coats - shop steward Airdrie

EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland)
Ray Gunnion - Chair Motherwell EIS
Allan Armstrong - Executive council
Donald Anderson

EIS - CLA ( College Lectures Association)
James O' Donovan - Scottish President
Pam Currie
Malcolm Wilson National executive
S Marriot

FBU (Fire Brigades Union)
James Scott - Glasgow Govan firestation
D McKintosh
NUJ (National Union of Journalists)
Ken Ferguson - Scottish Executive Committee

Richard Whyte - General Executive Council
Keith Baldasarra - Glasgow City Council No 2 branch
K Stewart shop steward
Keir McKechnie
N Bean
Neil Lennon

UNIFI (Bank workers)
Mike Dyer - shop steward Glasgow
Sean Scott - Irvine

Trades Councils
Rab Paterson - Midlothian trades council chair

All trade union positions are in a personal capacity

Scottish Socialist Party
Tommy Sheridam MSP
Richie Venton - national industrial organiser
John Lanigan
Ally Hendry
Alice Sheridan
Graham Mciver South of Scotland organiser

International Socialists (Committee for a workers International)
Executive Committee members
Harvey Duke
Philip Stott
Sinead Daly
Alan Manley

_____________________________ Dutch 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
Breda, The Netherlands, September 20th 2003.
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

____________________________ Letter of protest from Brazil
Brasília, 19 September 2003.
Dear Comrades,
I would like to express my solidarity with the comrades members of parliament Joe Higgins and Clare Daly and also my indignation over their arrests for correctly fighting the abusive Bin Tax, which is no more than a means of increasing the exploitation of the workers of Ireland to make them pay for the economic crisis brought on by applying neoliberal policy, which has taken over worldwide. We call for the immediate release of the comrades.
Socialist Greetings,
[Signed ]
João Batista Oliveira de Araújo ( Baba)
Federal Representative from Pará, Workers Party (PT),

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