A Report on our electroshock protest in
 Cork, Ireland.
 
 First of all it was a beautiful sunny
 day.  We held our protest outside The Peace Park in the
 centre of the city where we have had quite a number of
 anti-shock protests in the past.  The iron railings of the
 park facilitate our two big Ban Shock signs.  In addition
 we had lots of other signs with the usual messages and
  another huge  Stop Shock banner which had arrived from
 Deborah in Oregon earlier in the year. Our prevailing colour
 scheme was red and white, the MindFreedom Ireland colours
 and also the county colours of Cork, known throughout
 Ireland as The Rebel County. 
 
 We had about 20 activists on
 site, some who had traveled from Dublin and Waterford and
 there was a great engagement with passers by between shared
 conversations and leaflet handouts.  The most common
 response was 'Do they still do that?'  Four people
 - Colette Ni Dhuinneacha, Mary Power, Kevin Foley and Mary Maddock - gave personal
 testimonies of their shock experience.  Also in The Peace
 Park was an LGBT group demonstrating for a Yes vote in our
 upcoming Referendum on same sex marriage and on the
 suggestion of Derry Mescal, we united our two banners in a symbolic
 gesture of solidarity and support for human rights for both
 groups.
 
 Music was provided by Kevin on his guitar which,
 along with further music from the LGBT group, added greatly
 to a vibrant atmosphere.  The day was a wonderful
 experience for all involved, especially for those for whom
 it was their first time to actively campaign. In keeping
 with David Oak's advice to be 'our own media' we
 took pictures which are already posted and also filmed the
 event which we hope to have up very soon.  In addition we
 achieved coverage in two local papers, including  an
 Evening Echo centre-page 1000 word article by yours truly
 entitled 'Shock 'therapy' - Yes they still do
 that'. 
 We concluded the day with coffee and scones in
 the nearby Quay Co-Op vegetarian restaurant, all 
invigorated
 by feeling part of an historic international event!
 
Jim Maddock