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Riots in Dublin that made “shame” ; à l’Ireland

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Green powder was thrown on the roadway to absorb gasoline following a riot following a stabbing near a school in Dublin.

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The city of Dublin was under heavy police surveillance on Friday evening with some rare incidents following far-right riots which broke out after a knife attack and which brought “shame to Ireland”, according to the Prime Minister of this country.

A handful of people were arrested in the city center of the Irish capital early in the evening, noted an AFP journalist, to whom the police indicated that they did not expect to be arrested. serious incidents.

The Dublin center is open as normal, she said, wanting to be reassuring on the X network (formerly Twitter) earlier in the afternoon, with a reinforced law enforcement plan and the deployment of two water cannons as a precaution.

For several hours Thursday evening, nearly 500 rioters burned vehicles, looted and vandalized businesses and clashed with police in a central Dublin neighborhood where many immigrants live.

This violence broke out after a man armed with a knife attacked several people early in the afternoon near a school in Dublin, killing four injured, a teacher and three children.

A five-year-old girl was in critical condition Friday. The teacher is in serious condition, according to the police.

Also injured, the attacker was overpowered and arrested on the spot thanks in particular to the intervention of a Brazilian delivery man and a 17-year-old Frenchman. According to the daily Irish Times, it was a man who had been naturalized and who had lived in Ireland for 20 years.

The police blamed this extraordinary explosion of violence on the far right, citing rumors spread on social networks about the origins of the attacker in a context of increasing power of an anti-immigration discourse.

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A member of the police next to parts of burned vehicles in the aftermath of a riot in Dublin on Thursday.

The rioters claim to defend Irish nationals, but they shame Dublin, shame Ireland, lambasted Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, adding that the damage caused to public infrastructure would cost tens of millions of dollars. euros.

Irish law enforcement, who reported scenes not seen in decades, announced that they had arrested 34 people. A curfew was imposed on some of them, according to Irish media.

After initially saying they were convinced that there was no terrorist link, the police were more cautious about the motivations of the assailant, aged 15,000. around fifty years.

On Friday evening, Justice Minister Helen McEntee indicated that the officers had a line of ;definite investigation, without specifying its nature, and that no one else was wanted at this stage.

She also announced that a bill on video surveillance, which should notably allow police officers to use intervention cameras, would be subject to accelerated review.

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Authorities ruled out a terrorist attack on Thursday.

Given what she described as catastrophic operational failures, Mary Lou McDonald, leader of the main opposition party, Sinn Féin, on Friday called for the resignation of the Minister of Justice as well as that of the leader of the Irish police, but Helen McEntee refused.

In the hours following Thursday's attack, several Anti-immigration accounts circulated on the X network the rumor that the attacker was an illegal immigrant or an Algerian national with hashtags like #Irelandisfull and #IrelandBelongsToTheIrish. #x27;Ireland belongs to the Irish).

As soon as news of the attack broke, the far right #x27;is organized on social networks and calls to gather in the city center have been launched – notably on Telegram and on Twitter – by well-known figures.

A quote from Aoife Gallagher, Institute for Strategic Dialogue , London

Fueled by a housing crisis, an anti-immigration discourse has developed in recent years in Ireland. In recent months, several demonstrations have taken place against accommodation projects for asylum seekers.

According to official figures, asylum applications increased more than fivefold in 2022 compared to 2021 in Ireland.

The majority of Irish people welcome immigrants […], but for two or three years, a far-right movement which uses social networks to spread disinformation and fear about them has emerged, Anne told AFP Holohan, associate professor at Trinity College Dublin.

The anti-racism association INAR has castigated the manipulators and opportunists who are taking advantage of this period difficult to sow chaos.

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