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Photos: Hundreds protest over 20 arrests of anti-water charge activists this week

Socialist TD Joe Higgins said the number of gardaí turning up for the arrests was a clear waste of the force’s resources.

Image: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

Updated 16:30

A PROTEST AGAINST the arrests of anti-water charge activists during the week took place in Tallaght today.

It was organised by community groups against water charges including TD Paul Murphy.

Murphy was arrested early on Monday morning and was among the first of 20 protesters to be arrested throughout the week.

The arrests were in connection with last November’s Jobstown protest that targeted Joan Burton. The Tánaiste was trapped in her car for hours and was hit with a water balloon thrown by a protester.

Gardaí have received criticism from left wing groups – and others – over the manner in which the arrests were carried out.

It’s understood that between six and ten gardaí showing up at the homes of people thought to have been involved in the protest.

Socialist TD Joe Higgins said the number of gardaí turning up for the arrests was a clear waste of the force’s resources.

Photos: Hundreds protest over 20 arrests of anti-water charge activists this week
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    Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland
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    Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland
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    Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland
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    Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland
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    Source: Sam Baol via Photocall Ireland
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    Water protesters who marched to Tallaght Garda station today to protest against the arrests of Water protesters and the water charges.Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

Today’s protest began from the Jobstown Leisure Centre and the Priory Church in Tallaght Village and marched past Tallaght Garda station and then to the Civic Theatre.

Originally published 12:25pm.

Read: Why are so many gardaí showing up to make the ‘Jobstown’ arrests? And why so early?>

Read: ‘They took me, a 16-year-old, out of my bed and put me in a prison cell’>

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