Eleven arrested at anti-lockdown protest in Dublin city centre
Footage of the event shows the demonstrators chanting anti-lockdown slogans as they march through the streets
- 18:16, 20 MAR 2021
- Updated18:18, 20 MAR 2021
Eleven people have been arrested at an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin city centre this afternoon.
Around 100 protesters, some of whom were carrying anti-vaccine placards, gathered at the Wellington Monument in the Phoenix Park before they then marched along the North Quays to the GPO on O’Connell Street and back down the South Quays.
Footage of the event shows the demonstrators chanting anti-lockdown slogans as they march through the streets.
Some protesters were arrested on Victoria Quay for what gardai described as “persistent and ongoing” non-compliance with public health regulations.
Around 300 uniform and plain clothes officers monitored the event, including Public Order Units, the Peaceful Crowd Management Unit, the Mounted Unit and the Dog Unit.
A number of Fixed Payment Notices will be issued in relation to people attending the event in breach of current public health regulations.
A garda spokeswoman said they will be carrying out an investigation into the organisers of the event.
She added: “In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent
“This has seen Gardaí engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce. Any Garda activity in relation to evolving events is in line with this graduated policing response taking into account public health regulations and advice. Anti-lockdown protest at the GPO, Dublin
“Personal social responsibility, wearing of face coverings in open spaces and social distancing are public health guidelines and are not penal regulations.
“The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate personal and social responsibility to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives.”