The charges were trumped up and would never have been brought against protesters from another demographic.
The reality is that what the status quo fears most (including the likes of yourself quite clearly) is a disciplined, motivated working class capable of standing up to physical intimidation a la the water charges campaign. This stuff is all about optics and the messages that such optics send out with regard to the exercise of mastery and servility…and in this case, such standards as they generally apply across society have been dealt a severe blow.
…which brings us on to the stupidity of the current left’s own approach to the creation of a movement capable of challenging said status quo. On the one hand they are pushing the line that Jobstown was an example of the most marginalised in society standing up to the powers that be and are toting it as a success on that basis as well as an example of what could potentially be achieved by a proper, focussed left alternative in terms of mobilising people in opposition to the status quo. However, they have a major problem in so far as if any of these men who were charged (leaving aside Murphy) were to walk into a left leaning political meeting in Ireland currently as novices and seek to engage with the rest of the room, they would immediately be required to acknowledge their own ‘privilege’ on the basis of their race and gender (and maybe sexual orientation) and their contribrutions would be devalued accordingly. If anything, Jobstown highlights the need on the part of any movement to have strong men at its heart who are capable of standing up to physical intimidation. Theres also a reason why feminist or LBGT movements and protests are a lot more acceptable to the powers that be than a movement based around a genuine societal-wide economic analysis that identifies the true enemy…