Follow on from our visit to Savills earlier in the day, Ben Gilroy, People For Economic Justice, TNS Radio, and assorted citizens decided to go down the road to Buswells Hotel for a cup of tea and a chat. Shortly after arriving they noticed Minister For Communication Pat Rabbitte was in the corner having what appeared to be an executive lunch with an unknown gentleman. For the most part they went undisturbed, until one person approached the minister and voiced his opinions on the actions of the current Fine Gael/Labour coalition government.
The following video covers the man’s verbal attack on Pat Rabbitte.
John Rogers Arrested, Pat Rabbitte Pours More Tea
The events of the day do not end there however! The man was asked to leave, or the hotel management would call An Garda Síochána. The man then did so, but it soon transpired that the hotel management had opted to call An Garda Síochána regardless. On arrival, the Gardai asked where the man was, and the hotel manager pointed out John Rogers.
Throughout the unknown mans encounter with Minster Rabbitte, John had remained fairly removed from the incident, and yet is now pointed out as the man who interrupted the ministers lunch. The Gardai approached John and asked him to leave. John asked why he should do so, as he was not involved in the incident. As the next video will show, John was then forcibly removed, by the Gardai who outright refused to answer any questions on the topic. Indeed, so intent where they to remove this completely innocent man, that they forced him to the floor before escorting him out the door, and on to Store Street Garda Station. John remained there for four hours, before being realised without charge.
This is where People For Economic Justice take issue with the matter. Pat Rabbitte was completely and totally aware that John Rogers was not the man who had approached him during his lunch. It was obvious to everyone, including Par Rabbitte’s lunch guest, that they were two totally different men. Why exactly did this Minister For Communication fail to communicate this to the Gardai? It would have been a matter of raising his hand to draw in the attention of either of the Gardai, and uttering the simple words “That isn’t the man who approached me”.
The video below shows the event in its entirety. John Rogers is currently preparing his case against the Gardai for false arrest.
More on this as and when it comes in.