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Medical workers in scrubs to protest at ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin

The medical workers want the Irish Government to condemn attacks on medical workers, hospitals and ambulances in Gaza.

Hundreds of protesters lie down in front of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin last week.
Hundreds of protesters lie down in front of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin last week.
Image: Sam Boal

DOCTORS, PARAMEDICS and other healthcare workers are taking part in a ‘die in’ protest this evening in Dublin.

The medical workers, who will be dressed in scrubs and other healthcare uniforms, are calling on the the Irish Government to take a firm stand against the attacks on medical workers, hospitals and ambulances in Gaza.

Medical workers

Speaking ahead of today’s demonstration, Professor Damian McCormack, a surgeon at the Mater hospital, said:

In my professional opinion, the ongoing attacks on medics in Gaza clearly constitute a war crime that cannot be justified and warrant immediate referral to the International Criminal Court. I call on our Government to demand an apology from the Israeli ambassador or to expel him.

“Further I call on all medical bodies and colleagues in Ireland to publicly condemn these attacks,” McCormack said.

The demonstration, organised by Gaza Action Ireland, will start outside the Department of Foreign Affairs off Stepehen’s Green South at 6pm.

Last week, a similar ‘die in’ protest was held outside the department also with gardaí stating that over 300 people attended the event.

“If foreign minister Charlie Flanagan and the rest of the Government refuse to reflect the Irish people’s anger and grief at this terrible, continuous slaughter, if the EU institutions that blithely support Israel are not moved to take action, it’s vital that we come out on the streets and show our solidarity,” said Gaza Action Ireland (GAI) member and journalist Harry Browne.

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