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'He's stupid, arrogant and vulgar': Thousands attend march against Trump visit in Dublin city centre

Various groups taking exception to the US President have turned out in force at Parnell Square.
Jun 6th 2019, 6:35 PM 35,896 169

Updated Jun 6th 2019, 8:23 PM

Posted by on Thursday, 18 July 2019

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE have taken part in a demonstration against the visit of US President Donald Trump to Ireland in Dublin this evening.

The president himself may be staying in Clare for the duration of his stay here, but the infamous baby balloon that bears his name appeared at the scene of the protest which began earlier this evening at the Garden of Remembrance.

download (47) Source: Stephen McDermott/TheJournal.ie

A number of TDs joined the hundreds at the demonstration, with attendees taking aim at various policies and stances Trump has taken during his presidency.

Protestors have since marched down O’Connell Street with shouts of “Donald Trump’s not welcome here” and “Donald Trump go away”.

Several hundred were also in attendance at protests in Shannon yesterday, where Trump arrived with his wife Melania in the afternoon. 

Groups that attended these protests included the Extinction Rebellion Clare, Futureproof Clare, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), Gaza Action Ireland, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, the Irish Anti-War Movement, Veterans for Peace, and Galway Alliance Against War.

The protest travelled along Parnell Square East, before moving southbound down O’Connell Street, and an array of political parties and groups took part.

Helena Sheehan, a veteran of protests against US foreign policy and presidential visits to Ireland, told TheJournal.ie that she attended this evening’s demonstration to show Trump that he wasn’t welcome.

“I protested against the Vietnam war and I was here making Reagan and Bush unwelcome as well,” she said.

“I’ve been out here many times marching against many things, including US foreign policy and its domination of the world.

 

“But I think Trump is stupid and arrogant and vulgar, and everything that isn’t what a human being should be.”

The demonstration dispersed shortly after 8pm, although traffic remained heavy in the city centre for a short time afterwards.

Trump is back in Ireland this evening, after attending D-Day commemorations in Normandy earlier today. The US President is due to leave his Doonbeg hotel tomorrow following his two-day stay.

With reporting from Stephen McDermott.

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