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Gardai arrests over housing protest condemned

By Sheetal Sukhija, Ireland News
14 Sep 2018, 23:31 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - After being widely criticized across the country for evicting a property in central Dublin, and arresting six housing activists - now, Amnesty Ireland and Civil Liberties council have also condemned Gardai.

Citing public order offences, Gardai arrested six people at the site of a housing protest in the Irish capital this week.

The property at North Frederick Street in Dublin had been issued an eviction order by the court, that was sought by the owner of the property. 

The property was being occupied by a group of activists protesting the mounting housing crisis in the country and the capital in specific.

The owner of the property, Patricia Ní Greil secured the High Court injunction requiring the protesters to leave the building.

Gardai reached the property to carry out the eviction order when a crowd of about 100 people gathered outside the property.

The housing activists, who had occupied the building in defiance of the court order were eventually removed from the property.

Subsequently, Gardai attempted to block protesters from entering the building and arrested six activists involved in the Take Back The City group in connection with public order offences.

On Friday, Amnesty Ireland issued a statement regarding the events that unfolded in Dublin this week.

The group raised concern over the "excessive force" shown by Gardaí members and said, "We urge that these events be investigated as a matter of urgency to ascertain if human rights abuses were committed, and if so, ensure appropriate action."

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