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Dublin Says No

Woman left bloodied after gardaí attempt to move anti-water charge protesters

The woman was sitting in a doorway at Fingal County Council last night.

Updated 9.20am, 14 April

A WOMAN HAS made a statement to gardaí after she was left bloodied at an anti-water charges protest last night.

The woman was one of four protesters who had lodged themselves in a revolving door at Fingal County Council yesterday afternoon.

A video posted on the Dublin Says No Facebook page shows gardaí attempting to remove the protesters. There is some resistance and the sound of glass shattering, though the video does not show how it happened.

A second video shows the woman being escorted from the offices by security staff and gardaí, her face and clothes bloodied.

Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Eugene Coppinger told last night that around 25 protesters were at Swords Garda Station at that time, and a number of protesters were giving statements to the gardaí.

He said that the woman had been treated by ambulance staff on the scene, but had lost a lot of blood. He said that people had a right to protest.

“This was a peaceful protest. People have a right to breach security if they want.”

Gardaí said that they were called to attend a protest while removing a protesters from the doorway, and a woman received a “minor injury”, being treated on scene.

The matter is being investigated by gardaí.

First published 13 April

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