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Protesters and gardai with battons drawn were involved in scuffles in Dublin city centre. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Protesters and gardai with battons drawn were involved in scuffles in Dublin city centre. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Unlike most other European countries, there is no real tradition of political street violence in Ireland.

Maybe the vexed issue of Northern Ireland occupied people's minds to the extent that we never really got into the habit of seeing pitched battles between rival bands of extremists.

But that all changed on Saturday as Dublin became one of many European cities which saw scuffles break out when self-described 'anti-fascist' agitators disrupted rallies which were being held in support of Pegida, the German anti-Islamic protest group.

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