Disturbing news this morning. …

Disturbing news this morning. Last Monday night a group of protestors in Dublin were attacked by Gardai, seemingly unprovoked if the people who rang 2fm are to be believed. An RTE reporter at the scene said that Gardai had taken off their ID tags and refused to acknowledge questions about why they were removed.

The Irish Times has more on this story while the Minister For Justice warned there would be consequences for Gardai who exceeded “reasonable force”.

I don’t doubt that the Gardai were in a stressful situation and needed to act to protect themselves but the eye-witness accounts I heard this morning seem to paint a picture of alarmingly excessive force used on a peaceful protest.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

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