DUBLIN, Ireland - Protesters opposing the opening of an asylum center in East Wall paralyzed the city tonight during rush hour by blocking the Port Tunnel and Dublin Port.
Since November 19, when it was revealed that an old ESB building was being used to house around 200 refugees, hundreds of demonstrators have taken to the streets regularly.
On Monday night, protesters were divided into three groups at the Port Tunnel's entrance, the East Wall Road junction, and Alexandra Road, which leads to Dublin Port.
The Port Tunnel and Dublin Port were closed for more than 45 minutes, causing traffic jams throughout the city as drivers sought alternate routes.
After a mother said her child was sick and had just been released from the hospital, demonstrators at the East Wall Road junction allowed a coach traveling to Swords through.
Another driver, who appeared to be having a panic attack, was also allowed to pass.
The East Wall Committee, which organizes the protests, stated that "protests will escalate nationwide if this government does not completely close this center."