WWN Guide To Ripping Down Referendum Posters


DURING the run-up to an important referendum such as the upcoming vote on the 8th amendment, there are many things you can do to help further the cause you believe in the most. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, you can attend rallies and meetings, you can distribute literature at train stations or door-to-door, or you can donate, but the most effective and worthwhile use of your time is going around town and ripping down the posters and banners that the other side has put up.

Forget spending your energy putting up posters for the cause you believe in, your time is much better spent making sure the posters for the cause you disagree with get torn down. Here’s a few tips:

1) Make sure no-one see’s you do it

We’re fairly sure that ripping down posters is a crime, so be sure to do it under the cover of dark, or in the middle of the day if you really don’t care less. The important thing is that you shouldn’t tell anyone who you are, or why you’re doing what you’re doing. That way, you don’t get the blame for it. Now granted, the opposing side will tar your entire movement with a ‘they’re ripping down our posters’ campaign, but you can still get a sense that you’re helping by just ignoring all that.

2) It isn’t censorship if you believe you’re right

Wherever you stand on the 8th amendment, you’re entitled to your opinion. In instances where someone else’s opinion differ to yours, you’re entitled to silence them, providing your opinion is the right one. If you’re right, you can go ahead and pull down as many banners as you like; that’s the law. It’s not censorship, you’re not trying to win by silencing the other party because you have no answer to the questions they’re posing. You’re right, they’re wrong, and that’s all that matters. Get them posters off them poles!

3) Cut the cable ties as well

This is maddening. If you’re going to pull down a poster, be sure to snip the cable ties that held it up as well. Otherwise those things will stay on the poles for months. There’s still cable ties on poles out our way since the marriage equality referendum. We’re sick of this shit!