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Locals gather at the scene after the attack on the house in Waterford last week.

Locals gather at the scene after the attack on the house in Waterford last week.

Gardai at the scene of the attack in Waterford last week.

Gardai at the scene of the attack in Waterford last week.

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Locals gather at the scene after the attack on the house in Waterford last week.

Three families had to be evacuated from a house after protestors descended on their home and kicked in a door and all the downstairs windows.

More than 200 protestors gathered at Manor Street in Waterford city at 5pm on Saturday after a rally organised on Facebook turned ugly.

The demonstrators targeted a group of 30 people from the local Roma community who were being blamed for a series of alleged crimes in the area.

A number of toddlers and grandmothers were among the group who were evacuated from the house after scenes turned ugly.

One man in his 20s was arrested in connection to the incident but was later released without charge.

A local source said that there had been a lot of thefts and criminal activity in the Manor Street area of the city recently.

"There had been a lot of robberies in the area and the Roma community were being blamed for it," he said.

The crowds only dispersed after 9pm, long after gardai and the Garda Armed Response Unit (ARU) had arrived on the scene.

Pavee Point strongly condemned the attack last night and said that they did not want it to be replicated.

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"The content on Facebook pages to date has shown huge misinformation and racism towards Roma and have included inflammatory, dehumanising and violent language," said a spokesperson.

"There is a clear link between online hate speech and hate crime and there is an urgent need to address the use of the internet to perpetuate anti-Roma hate speech and to organise violence," they added.

However, another protest was planned to take place again late last night.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor John Hearne said he was disgusted with the incident adding: "It is everything you don't want to see in the city."

"The whole thing was organised on Facebook," he added.


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