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Yesterday evening, the second Strike 4 Repeal got underway, as activists gathered outside Leinster House to show their support fro repealing the 8th Amendment. 

 If you couldn't make it down to the demonstration yourself, luckily Twitter captured the atmosphere as campaigners gathered in the rain to watch and listen to the debate as it was projected onto a wall outside the Government building.

Here are 10 powerful Twitter moments from the demonstration:

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After the success of last year's Strike 4 Repeal, abortion rights activists have come together once again to plan the second strike.

Last year saw 4,500 people take to the streets of Dublin on International Women's Day to demonstrate their destain for the 8th amendment. 

Since, Repealers have been patiently awaiting the announcement of the second strike assembly, and that day has come. 

 

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'A historic debate is taking place today in Dáil Éireann. See you there at 5pm for the #strikeassembly,' reads a post on the Strike 4 Repeal Instagram page.  

Since the last strike, the government has guaranteed that there will be a referendum on the 8th amendment this year.

However, there still has not been confirmation as to how the referendum question will be phrased or whether or not the 8th amendment will be abolished in it's entirety should a referendum be successful.

 

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'The #StrikeAssembly will gather at Leinster House on the last day of the Dail debate on the referendum to let our politicians know that we won't accept anything less than straight repeal and full abortion rights,' reads another post on the page. 

Don your repeal jumper guys and girls…

 

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After the success of last year's Strike 4 Repeal, abortion rights activists have come together once again to plan the second strike.

Last year saw 4,500 people take to the streets of Dublin on International Women's Day to demonstrate their destain for the 8th amendment. 

Since the last strike, the government has guaranteed that there will be a referendum on the 8th amendment this year. 

 

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However, there still has not been confirmation as to how the referendum question will be phrased or whether or not the 8th amendment will be abolished in it's entirety should a referendum be successful.

For these reasons, a second Strike 4 Repeal has been called to demonstrate that Irish women want a full repeal of the 8th.

'The #StrikeAssembly will gather at Leinster House on the last day of the Dail debate on the referendum to let our politicians know that we won't accept anything less than straight repeal and full abortion rights,' reads an Instagram post uploaded to the Strike 4 Repeal page last night. 

 

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'Date and time to be announced once the debate schedule is made public, join the #StrikeAssembly, make your voice heard loud and clear.'

Strike 4 Repeal will be holding a national strike if the Government does not commit to a clear yes or no question on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

They are calling on the Government to provide for free, safe and legal abortion services on request in Ireland. 

 

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'This is essential for all women and pregnant people to ensure their right to reproductive healthcare is guaranteed, regardless of circumstances.'

'Should it become clear during the Dáil debate on the referendum that they intend to water down our rights, we will contact you with at least one week's notice to announce the date for a national strike.'

 

 

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Massive crowds gathered on O'Connell Street at the Strike 4 Repeal to rally against the 8th amendment to the constitution on March 8.

Dublin city centre was brought to a standstill twice, as up to 8000 people participated in the strike, with a further 11,000 participated in the later march. 

"We've been really overwhelmed with the amount of people here today," Claire Brophy, one of the strike organisers commented on the day. 

While the strike made international headlines, some activists felt that there was a distinct silence from some of Ireland's broadcasters.

RTÉ covered the strike, but organisers of a new event feel that the strike was discussed all too briefly, and have decided to call attention to their perceived discrepancies.

RTÉ Recognition 4 Repeal is a new event doing the rounds online, and it calls for Repeal protesters to picket outside the RTÉ studios to demand more extensive coverage of the issue.

The Facebook event has already garnered interest from hundreds of potential picketers in the 24 hours since its conception.  

"On March 8th thousands of us around the country and abroad demonstrated our urgent demand for a repeal of the 8th amendment," reads the event manifesto.

"The events of that day made international headlines but once again our national broadcaster failed to cover the repeal movement properly."

"RTE cannot get away with ignoring us and refusing to show the truth: that we are many and we will not wait."

"Think that the rise in price of stamps is more important to cover than the strike? Think again," finishes the statement, making reference to the broadcaster's coverage of other issues over the Strike 4 Repeal. 

The event is a call-to-arms for protesters, and it requests the picketers be outside RTÉ, ready to rally, at 4.30pm on Monday. 

"We're hoping that by bringing the story to them, RTE will have no choice but to show some actual coverage," said event organiser Eva Griffin, who is currently undertaking her Masters in UCD. 

"We need our national broadcaster to show us so that those undecided on whether to support the repeal campaign can get an idea of who we are and what we're doing."

"I had the idea on Thursday evening and by the end of the night we had over 100 people attending. There's still a few days to go and we're only just ramping up on the media front so who knows how many will turn up."

"It was very disheartening to see the action on Wednesday get international coverage and then a measly slot on RTE that didn't do justice to the amount of people, passion and effort that went into it," she said.

"As our state-funded national broadcaster, their refusal to cover the movement properly speaks volumes. By not showing us, they're engaging in bias by omission, and I would imagine it's all in the name of 'balance' in the debate, which is not a good enough excuse."

"What I do know is that we are an incredibly passionate group of people who refuse to stay silent on these matters, and after seeing a small group of people rise up to organise the strike, I realised that self-organisation is key. I've never organised a picket or political event, but it turns out all you need is a Facebook event, some supportive friends and a lot of tweets."

When asked about the recognition of the Repeal Project in the media, Eva said: "We've been referred to as 'pro-abortion campaigners' when what we're really striving for is the right to bodily autonomy."

"We're not asking anyone to get an abortion and that message needs to stop being spread."

The picket is set to go ahead at 4.30pm until 7pm on Monday outside the RTÉ studios in Dublin 4. 

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Last night, Dublin City Council passed an emergency motion to support the Strike 4 Repeal without debate.

The council offers their formal support to the movement, and calls on Dublin City Council management, as a major employer in Dublin City, to ensure any workers who wish to participate in the strike by taking an annual day of leave are facilitated to do so.

It also calls on any workplace events in support of the strike to be given the support of management.

"Ahead of International Women’s Day, the Council welcomes the Strike4Repeal initiative as a reminder of the stark reality of women’s inability to access abortion in Ireland," reads a statement from Dublin City Council.   

"We note the support given by the Council to the repeal of the 8th amendment in September 2015, as follows: That Dublin City Council:

"Noting the welcome passing of the marriage equality referendum by a wide margin reflecting a qualitative shift in public opinion in favour of progressive social change particularly among the youth and working class communities where the highest 'Yes' votes were recorded."

"And further noting recent reports from Amnesty International and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights critiquing Ireland's highly restrictive abortion laws

Dublin City Council also "calls on the government to hold a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Constitution.”

The Strike 4 Repeal movements "Meet me on the Bridge" video campaign has gone viral, with over 370,000 views and thousands of likes. 

The strike is going ahead tomorrow, kicking off at 10.30am in a picket at the Department of Justice and culminating in a mass gathering on O'Connell Bridge at 12.30am. 

SHEmazing! will be at the strike tomorrow, so follow us on Snapchat @shemazingie for live updates. 

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Strike 4 Repeal have called for a strike to demonstrate their opinion on the 8th amendment to the government. 

The people of Ireland are being asked to strike in support of the 11 women who have to take time off work every single day in order to travel abroad to procure abortions. 

#Strike4Repeal is taking place on March 8, which aptly happens to be International Women's Day, and a number of businesses have signed up in support of the strike. 

Aungier Danger, the Townsend bar, Bang Bang Café, The Brendan Behan pub, The Elbowroom, A4 Sounds, Nine Crows Street, Rothar and Sexsiopa.ie are among the first businesses to formally support the campaign.

Strike 4 Repeal are asking that the businesses shut down for the day in solidarity, or that the most affected staff be offered time off work to participate in the demonstration. 

The group describes themselves as "an ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists preparing a nationwide Strike for Repeal on the 8th of March 2017."

"Our demand is that the Irish government call a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, Ireland will strike," reads a statement on their Facebook page.

"The strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense but could include taking an annual leave day off work, refraining from domestic work for the day, wearing black in solidarity or staging a walkout during your lunch break."

"We also encourage any business owners in a position to close their services at no cost to workers, to do so for all or part of the day as a solidarity action."

Other organisations which have signed up to support the march include the Abortion Rights Campaign, Aims Ireland, Anti Racism Network Ireland, MASI, Trinity College Strike 4 Repeal Feminist Society, Maynooth Feminist Society, NUIG, NCAD Feminist Society, Limerick Feminist Network, Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, and People Before Profit, according to the Facebook post.

The post calls on any other organisations or businesses who would like to get involved to contact them at strike4repeal@gmail.com. 

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