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Ex-rugby player Trevor Hogan to speak at 'die-in' Gaza protest in Dublin

The demonstrations will take place outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Grafton Street this evening.

Scenes from the protest at the Israeli Embassy last Saturday.
Scenes from the protest at the Israeli Embassy last Saturday.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A PROTEST AGAINST the ongoing situation in Palestine is due to take place in Dublin this evening.

The ‘die-in’ demonstration, which follows Saturday’s protest where several thousand people attended, will feature several speakers including ex-rugby player Trevor Hogan.

Speaking ahead of the event, Hogan said:

This latest brutality is not new. Israel’s criminal destruction of Gaza has been going on for many years, between massacres. The people there are dying a slow, terrible death in front of our eyes. We can no longer turn away.

At Saturday’s protest there was a minor incident at the Israeli embassy when one protester was stopped by gardáí when he tried to get onto the embassy grounds.

Today’s demonstration has been organised by Gaza Action Ireland (GAI), with the support of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Palestinian Community in Ireland.

Over 500 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have been killed to date.

The ‘die-in’ will take place in two locations, outside the Department of Foreign Affairs on St Stephen’s Green South at 5.30pm and then at the top of Grafton Street after 6pm.

The gardaí told that sufficient resources will be put in place to facilitate the peaceful demonstration, as would be normal.

Read: Councillor removes Israeli flag from Dun Laoghaire Harbour>

Read: Joan Burton: Above all else, the Israelis need to stand back from their actions in Gaza>

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