Debenhams protester left ‘naked more or less from the waist up’ after dramatic scenes at demonstration
24th April 2021
A Debenhams protester was ‘traumatised’ after a Gardai intervention left her ‘naked more or less from the waist up’ at a demonstration.© Provided by Extra.ie
There were four arrests at the Thursday night demonstration on Dublin’s Henry Street, sources at the demonstration told Extra.ie.
Former Debenhams workers have occupied stores in Dublin and Cork since last year when they rejected a redundancy deal the company offered after they entered liquidation.© Provided by Extra.ie A Debenhams protester was ‘traumatised’ after a Gardai intervention at a demonstration left her ‘naked from the waist up’. Debenhams shop steward Jane Crowe. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins
The Garda intervention was described as ‘shocking’ and ‘utterly out of proportion’ by TD Richard Boyd Barrett who was present.
Jane Crowe, shop Stewart for the Henry Street protest, confirmed there were four arrests on Thursday night and heavily criticised how the Gardai acted.
The Garda press office confirmed that there was Garda presence at the protest but did not respond to the accusations around the treatment of Ms Crowe.
‘It was absolutely shameful what the Gardai done on Thursday night,’ she told Extra.ie.
‘Myself, I was lifted up and by the time they got me outside my jacket and my top had come completely off me and they broke my bra as well.’© Provided by Extra.ie ‘I was lifted up and by the time they got me outside my jacket and my top had come completely off me and they broke my bra as well,’ said Shop Stewart Jean Crowe. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins
‘They put me down on the ground so I was naked more or less from the waist up.’
‘It was [traumatic]. There were so many people there and Gardai were standing over me and I was there with no top or anything and the bra hanging off me. There was no need for it whatsoever,’ added Jane Crowe who was at the protest again on Friday despite her experience the night before.
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett was at the protest last night and confirmed to Extra.ie that Ms Crowe had been left half-naked.
‘She was, yeah. They pulled her top off as they dragged her out,’ he told Extra.ie.
Mr Boyd Barrett also condemned the scale of the Garda intervention for what was an official industrial dispute.© Provided by Extra.ie The Garda intervention was described as ‘shocking’ and ‘utterly out of proportion’ by TD Richard Boyd Barrett who at the demonstration. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
‘It was really quite shocking, the scale of the police operation was shocking and utterly disproportionate for what it was – an entirely peaceful protest where nobody presented any threat.’
‘These were mostly women workers, peaceful protestors, but there was an enormous pre-planned very heavy handed operation to facilitate strike breakers from KPMG.’
‘There were at least six or seven Garda vans. There were paramilitary style Guards as well as the normal Guards. I have never seen anything like it for what was an official, legitimate and peaceful industrial dispute,’ said Mr Boyd Barrett.
The Garda press office did not respond to Extra.ie’s query on the issues raised in this article at the time of publishing but they did confirm there was a Garda presence at the demonstration last night.
© Provided by Extra.ie ‘It was [traumatic]. There were so many people there and Gardai were standing over me and I was there with no top or anything and the bra hanging off me,’ added Jane Crowe who was at the protest again on Friday despite her experience the night before.. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie‘An Garda Siochana attended a premises in Dublin City Centre as required in the execution of a High Court Order on the evening of the 22nd April 2021,’ a spokesperson told Extra.ie.
The protest began last year when former workers rejected a redundancy deal.