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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 16 February, 2019
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Protesters gather around the country over treatment of women in criminal justice system

Solidarity-PBP TD Bríd Smith says the turnout represents an anger women in Ireland are feeling over issues of consent and their bodies.

A LARGE CROWD gathered at the Spire in Dublin to protest the treatment of women in the criminal justice system following yesterday’s Belfast rape trial verdict.

People used chalk to draw the #IBelieveHer statement that has been used widely in social media following the verdict.

Similar demonstrations took place across the country.

The crowd in Dublin chanted, “We stand with her” and other chants, such as:

Wherever we are, wherever we go, yes means yes, no means no.

Speaking at the protest in Dublin Elaine from Malahide said:

If you don’t run away screaming it doesn’t mean you’ve consented. Consent is actively given, if you haven’t actively given consent – you haven’t consented.

Solidarity-PBP TD Bríd Smith says the turnout represents an anger women in Ireland are feeling over issues of consent and their bodies.

Gardaí said the road was not closed off, but motorists were delayed.

Solidarity-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger announced a protest for 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

Demonstrations were also held in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Belfast.

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