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Gardai 'use batons' against Israeli embassy protesters

PRO-Palestinian protesters have clashed with gardai at a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in Dublin.

There were violent scenes as around 150 protesters turned up to demonstrate against recent Israeli military action in Palestine.

One person was arrested at the demonstration while a number received minor injuries.

The protest was attended by students, academics, Palestinian nationals and members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). There were also a number dissident republicans present.

One eyewitness said that as the hour-long protest was dying down at 7pm, the scuffles began.

A number of protesters had sat on the road outside the embassy and were blocking traffic.

"The gardai had their batons out and were hitting some of the protesters in the legs. There were also punches thrown at the gardai," he said.

Freda Hughes of the IPSC said that for the most part the protest passed off peacefully.

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy said that the protesters never objected to recent bombing of civilian Israeli targets by Palestinian militants.

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Irish Independent