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Dublin: 5 °C Monday 17 February, 2020

Four people arrested at a pro-choice abortion rally in Dublin

All four of those arrested were men in their 20s.

Image: Facebook/Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)

FOUR MEN WERE arrested in Dublin City Centre this evening following a pro-choice demonstration outside the GPO.

The men, all of whom are in their mid to late 20s, were taken to Store Street garda station after a protest that was organised by Real-Productive Health and the Workers Solidarity Movement.

Three of the men remain in garda custody while a fourth has been released with gardaí saying charges will be brought in his case at a later date.

All four were arrested on public order offences at about 6.40pm.

In a statement released this evening following the arrests, the Worker’s Solidarity Movement say that one of the men was pepper-sprayed during the incident.

The group says that the arrests occurred when a protesters climbed scaffolding on the GPO in an attempt to drape a banner from the building.

Gardaí say they have no information about whether pepper spray was used.

PastedImage-99132 Source: Facebook/WorkersSolidarityMovement

Newspaper and website Rabble reports that the banner that they attempted to raise said, ‘Abortion charges are bollocks’.

Organisers of the protest say it was arranged to support a Belfast a woman who has been charged with assisting her daughter to obtain an abortion.

rally dublin This evening's demonstration in Dublin Source: Facebook/Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)

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Rónán Duffy

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