Friday 20 October 2017

'Peaceful' student protest claim is false

Gerry Casey's claim that the methods used by the rogue group of protesters who clashed with gardai were "peaceful" is nonsensical (Letters, November 6).

Up to 50 people entered the Department of Finance lobby, many of whom can be seen with their hoods up or scarves covering their faces, chanting and waving political party flags. While this was occurring another 2,000 who had congregated outside were throwing eggs and other objects.

It is evident from the vast majority of footage of the incident that the gardai, after clearing the lobby, stood their ground and made several orders for the crowd to disperse.

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