Five people, including three underage individuals, were injured on Thursday due to a knife attack in Dublin Riots, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. According to Reuters, this incident caused significant turmoil in the city, resulting in the temporary halt of public transportation.
Following the attack near O’Connell Street, chaotic scenes unfolded as clashes erupted between riot police and demonstrators opposing immigration. The motive behind the assault remains uncertain, and the police have detained a man who allegedly targeted multiple individuals on Parnell Square in Dublin Riots shortly after 1330 GMT.
The dublin riots intensified and resulted in the vandalism of several vehicles, including a police car, and the looting of stores. A temporary breach of a police barrier was made by around 50 anti-immigrant protesters. During the breach, some of them yelled “get them out,” while one person damaged the wing mirror of a police car. Furthermore, an individual draped themselves in an Irish flag as a form of protest.
A significant gathering subsequently commenced hurling projectiles and igniting fireworks towards riot police equipped with helmets and shields, resulting in the escalation of the unrest. The dispersal of the crowds commenced at approximately 2100 GMT.
As reported by Reuters, such acts of rioting are exceedingly rare in Dublin Riots. Despite the absence of far-right parties or politicians in parliament, there has been a rise in minor anti-immigrant demonstrations over the past year. In light of a recent protest that confined lawmakers, the government is currently reassessing the security measures surrounding the parliament.
The suspect has not been identified yet.
In central Dublin Riots, a distressing incident occurred when a 5-year-old girl was gravely injured in a knife attack. This unfortunate event led to violent clashes later in the day, with riot police being targeted and vehicles set ablaze. Alongside the girl, a woman and two other young children were also hospitalized. The Irish police promptly responded by dispatching over 400 officers, including those in riot gear, to the city center to quell the unrest caused by a small group of individuals. In an effort to maintain order, a police cordon was established around the Irish Parliament building, Leinster House, and the Mounted Support Unit was present in the vicinity of Grafton Street.
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An update has been provided by the Gardai regarding the status of the individuals affected by yesterday’s stabbing incident on Parnell Square. A five-year-old girl, who sustained severe injuries, is currently in critical condition at CHI Temple Street. The creche worker, who is in her 30s, remains in a serious condition at The Mater Hospital.
The adult male involved, who is in his 50s, also remains in a serious condition at a hospital in the Dublin Riots Region. Additionally, a six-year-old girl is receiving ongoing medical treatment for less severe injuries at CHI Crumlin, while a five-year-old boy was discharged from CHI Crumlin yesterday evening.
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During the recent riot in Dublin Riots city centre, a Garda officer sustained serious injuries and is currently receiving treatment in the hospital. Several other Gardai were also injured, although to a lesser extent. The riot was triggered by the stabbing of three children and one creche worker, which led to a wave of violence and destruction. Thirteen properties were substantially damaged by the rioters, and seven vehicles, including buses, Garda patrol cars, and a Luas tram, were set on fire and damaged. Additionally, eight other Garda vehicles were extensively damaged.
To maintain public safety, over 400 members of An Garda Siochana, including frontline uniformed gardai and over 250 Public Order gardai, were deployed on patrol in Dublin city centre. As a result of their efforts, 34 individuals were arrested during the violent unrest. Out of these, 32 people have been charged and are scheduled to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning, Friday, November 24 at 10.30am.
During the height of the violence, it was strongly advised for people to stay away from large parts of the city. The damage caused by the rioters included 13 damaged or looted shops, along with 11 police cars, three buses, and a tram. It is unfortunate that one officer was seriously injured in the line of duty.
Dublin Riots Fire Brigade has reported that they are still working to extinguish a smouldering tram on O’Connell Street this morning. Although public transport has resumed, there are still some restrictions in the area.
In anticipation of the Black Friday sales, barricades have been placed across certain shopping streets. Police officers are stationed outside a Foot Locker store that was looted during the riot, which has resulted in broken windows. Additionally, the front of a Holiday Inn hotel has been boarded up as a precautionary measure.
Hassan Alia, a security guard at Foot Locker, expressed concerns about the possibility of a recurrence tonight. He mentioned feeling worried while standing outside the closed store, as he had also been working on Thursday night.