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Pro-Palestinian groups take part in a protest at the US ambassador’s residence in Phoenix Park, Dublin Niall Carson/PA Images

Pro-Palestinian demonstration held outside US ambassador’s residence in Dublin

A Christmas dinner is being hosted at the residence for politicians this evening, but it is being boycotted by some.

A NUMBER OF pro-Palestinian protesters were forcibly dragged away from the gates of the US ambassador’s residence in Dublin this evening during a protest against the country’s support of Israel.

More than 100 protesters, some banging drums and waving Palestinian flags, staged a protest on the roadway leading to the residence inside Phoenix Park.

A large Garda deployment, including a mounted unit, was present at the scene and after some protesters blocked the roadway in a sit-down protest, barriers were erected to prevent the public approaching the residence.

Several cars had turned around as the protest prevented access through main entrances and exits to a key roundabout in the park during rush hour.

Gardaí also prevented public access to a nearby car park.

At least two protesters were dragged by gardaí away from the closed gates of the residence, which was hosting a Christmas dinner for politicians. The dinner is being boycotted by several politicians.

The two protesters, along with a Palestinian flag which had been dropped, were returned to the main group of demonstrators behind the garda barriers.

Some demonstrators sat on the roadway as others chanted pro-Palestinian slogans, including “United States you can’t hide, you’re committing genocide”, “Biden out”, “ceasefire now” and “free, free Palestine”.

Three men wearing only their underwear and with their eyes covered by blindfolds also kneeled on the ground as part of the demonstration, in a reference to images of IDF detainees in Gaza.

Other protesters, many of whom were wearing keffiyehs or draped in Palestinian flags, called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Dublin.

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith, who said she was invited to the event in the residency, said protesters were “very angry” with a US veto of a UN Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Speaking to the PA news agency, she said: “So directly and indirectly they are responsible for all the children on whom bombs are falling, injuring them, the hospitals that are being lost, the schools being lost, the lives are being lost, the destruction, the trauma and the dreadful, unspeakable acts that are happening.”

Smith said the protest was to call on politicians to boycott the event and to send a message to the ambassador that the US’ “behaviour is unacceptable”.

The US Embassy in Dublin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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