Gardaí rule out hate element to attack on Muslim teen in Dublin

Gardaí rule out hate element to attack on Muslim teen in Dublin

Garda sources have said there is no indication that the assault of a Muslim teenager in a Dublin suburb was a hate crime.

The incident — footage of which emerged online — appears to show the girl having her hijab forcibly removed by a gang of teenagers in Dundrum on Sunday afternoon. It drew widespread criticism, including from Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, who described it as a hate crime.

However, while gardaí confirmed that the incident was being investigated, they described what occurred as a “random assault”. A Garda source said there was currently no indication that the incident was a hate crime. No arrests have been made.

The video clip appears to show the attack on the 14-year-old, in which she is also pelted with eggs.

Deputy Green Party leader Catherine Martin condemned the incident.

“Violence like this stems from racist rhetoric,” she said. “Words become actions.”

Ms Madigan, a TD for the area, said: “I very much welcome the fact that gardaí have confirmed that this awful hate crime and assault is under investigation. I wish them a speedy resolution in bringing the culprits of this crime to justice.”

INAR Ireland, an organisation with nearly 100 member groups opposing racism, tweeted that the incident was a “racist incident”.

Garda sources have said there is no indication that the assault of a Muslim teenager in a Dublin suburb was a hate crime.

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