Cops attack water charge protesters in Santry & Coolock as Enda meets O'Brien

There were significant disturbances in Santry & Coolock last night following a Garda assault on water charge campaigners protesting a visit by Enda Kenny and Denis O'Brien.

These images are from the video at the link  which shows why the campaigners became so outraged. As Enda Kenny drove through the crowd (flashing a dismissive thumbs up sign at the protesters) Garda were assaulting them and throwing them to the ground.

Later multiple arrests were made as Enda left the event and then Garda attacked solidarity protesters with pepper spray who had gone to Coolock Garda station.

Fine Gael, Labour and Irish Water offered non-payers meaningless carrots two days ago. Last night they took out the stick. Lets show them we will not be intimidated.

We've heard report of 5 arrests being made and a protest outside Coolock Garda station. These arrests were made as Garda attacked protesters as part of trying to get Kenny and O'Brien out of Northwood. Those arrested have been taken to Coolock Garda station and it's just been reported that pepper spray has been used against the solidarity protest outside.

There has also been an arrest of a water charges protester in Cabra, apparently on his own and simply filming GMC. And the North Quays were blocked earlier after the High Court granted a 20m exclusion zone to Irish Water & GMC Sierra.
 

WORDS: Andrew Flood (Follow Andrew on Twitter )

  


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