— Hundreds gather for Dublin city protest in the aftermath of Sarah Everard murder
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Hundreds of women have gathered in Dublin City centre to protest against gender violence after the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard earlier this month.© Provided by Extra.ie
Protesters, led by Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Ruth Coppinger, gathered at the Spire to fight against gender-based violence and to ‘reclaim the streets’.
Gardai were seen in the area, keeping watch over the demonstration, and reminding protestors that they could be fined for breaching the 5km travel restrictions currently in place nationwide.© Provided by Extra.ie Pictured is Ariana lamcellari, age 4, today at a protest at the Spire in Dublin, organised by ROSA Social Feminist movement and Ruth Coppinger. Pic: Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie
Also representing the protest on Tuesday were members of Reproductive Rights against Oppression, Sexism, and Austerity (ROSA).
ROSA is organising protests elsewhere in Ireland, including Cork, Limerick, and Galway later in the week.
Speaking at the protest, Ruth Coppinger said: ‘If the pandemic wasn’t here there would have been thousands of people here. Our culture is fractured on how it treats women. I’ve never seen such a move in society for change.© Provided by Extra.ie Protesters, led by Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Ruth Coppinger, gathered at the Spire to fight against gender-based violence and to ‘reclaim the streets’. Pic Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie
‘On Thursday there is going to be a meeting on line to reclaim the streets and against gender violence to start a movement. We need to bring pressure to bear on this issue.’
Sarah Everard went missing on Wednesday, March 3 while walking home from a friend’s house in South London.© Provided by Extra.ie Pictured today is Ruth Coppinger speaking at a protest at the Spire in Dublin, organised by ROSA. Pic: Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie
The 33-year-old’s remains were discovered in a wooded area in Kent one week later.
Met Police officer Wayne Couzens has since been charged with the kidnapping and killing of Sarah.
The murder struck a chord with women worldwide, who shared their stories and experiences of feeling unsafe while walking home in the dark, and calling for an end to violence against women.© Provided by Extra.ie Met Police officer Wayne Couzens was since charged with the kidnapping and killing of Sarah. Pic: Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie
Protests, and a vigil for Sarah, began on Saturday in London, and featured a number of clashes between police officers and protesters.
Video footage was shared on social media, showing police officers grabbing women and leading them away in handcuffs.
Members of the crowd retaliated in anger, chanting ‘shame on you’ and ‘arrest your own’. One confrontation showed a distressed woman telling officers: ‘You’re supposed to protect us.’