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Editorial: Shame on republican protest yobs

EIRIGI'S hijacking of a legitimate student protest was shameful. Their actions turned what would likely have been a peaceful, good-spirited march into an ugly confrontation.

Everyone has the right to protest but the scenes yesterday cannot be condoned.

Eirigi's support base is tiny.

Their hard-line republican outlook has been rejected by the vast majority of people. Yet they insist on turning up at demonstrations as if they have a mandate. And invariably trouble follows wherever they go.

Student leaders quickly disowned the violent scenes.

It's clearly not right that their calls for no fees increases have been overshadowed.

Sadly, Eirigi achieved its sole aim of getting publicity.