Tuesday 17 September 2019

Watch: More military-style demonstrations take place in Dublin

Two more parades featuring anti-State activists have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin today.
Two more parades featuring anti-State activists have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin today.
Two more parades featuring anti-State activists have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin today
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

TWO more parades featuring anti-State activists have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin today.

Gardaí facilitated the events which saw traffic in the city centre briefly interrupted.

Video captured by Independent.ie shows one of the demonstrations by Republican Sinn Féin (RSF).

A colour party included men and women dressed in fake military uniforms, berets and sunglasses.

A number of people addressed the crowd and extended solidarity to prisoners in Portlaoise and Maghaberry, which both house convicted IRA criminals.

It comes despite the public and political backlash against Saoradh, a group which held a demonstration on Saturday.

Two more parades featuring anti-State activists have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin today
Two more parades featuring anti-State activists have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin today

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described their actions in the wake of the murder of journalists Lyra McKee in Derry as “beneath contempt”.

The RSF event heard from one activist who attacked the media and all political parties in Dublin and Belfast.

He described the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as “corrupt, rotten, illegal states running this country their own and Britain interest”.

“All Free State parties are the same. Every vote for one of them is a vote for prolonged British rule in Ireland and recognises the enemies right to control six of our counties,” he say.

A lone piper played a lament and the few dozen protester sang the national anthem.

Gardaí kept a low-key but visible presence close to the demonstration and facilitated the brief stoppage of traffic as the group marched from the GPO to Henry Street.

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