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Photos: Four arrests after protesters throw paint at the Department of Justice

Protesters said they were highlighting ‘whitewashing’ by Alan Shatter.

Updated at 11.23pm

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after a protest outside the Department of Justice during which paint was thrown at the building.

Protesters said they were highlighting the ‘whitewashing’ of revelations about the gardaí by covering the sign outside the government department in white paint.

Some windows and pillars at the building were also hit by paint.

Around 20 people gathered outside the government department on St Stephen’s Green this evening at the protest organised by the Occupy the Dáil group. A Facebook post earlier today on the Occupy Dame Street Facebook page had warned that there would be civil disobedience at the protest.

Protesters held signs reading “Shatter out whitewashing crime and injustice” and “Alan Shatter’s Irish justice system”.

“The people have had enough – we won’t stand for Shatter any longer,” said one protester. “Our children can’t get jobs and this corrupt lot are sitting in there. Well, we are here to tell them we have had enough”.

Three men and one woman were arrested at the scene and brought to Pearse Street garda station where they are being detained.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimage[All photos: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland]

Additional reporting by Christina Finn.

First posted at 7.52pm.

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