Protest at Tallaght garda station over Jobstown arrests

Hundreds of people are holding a protest outside Tallaght garda station over the early morning arrests of 20 anti-water charge activists.

Protest at Tallaght garda station over Jobstown arrests

A protest in West Dublin over the early morning arrests of anti-water charge activists has passed off peacefully.

Hundreds of people gathered in Jobstown and Tallaght Village this afternoon before marching to Tallaght Garda Station and on to the Civic Theatre for a rally.

In the last week , 20 people have been arrested in connection with the water protest here in Jobstown last November, which saw Tanaiste Joan Burton trapped in her car for several hours.

Protesters on the scene today said the recent arrests are completely unjust, targeting the anti-water charges campaign, and unethical.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy was among those taken into custody. He said today’s demonstration was about people defending their right to protest.

"Ministers' cars [and] Taoiseachs' cars have often been impeded in their progress through sit-down protests, slow marches - many, many times," he said.

"I'm not aware of any incident whereby people then face dawn raids three months later. It is an attempt to send a message to the people engaged that they can't engage in that kind of protest - and people should defend their right."

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