Hundreds of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters gather in Dublin

Hundreds of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters gather in Dublin

HUNDREDS OF anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine demonstrators marched through Dublin today in protest at the ongoing coronavirus restrictions. 

At least 150 demonstrators took to the streets of the Irish capital, initially gathering around the Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park before heading on towards the city centre. 

Several placards featuring anti-vaccination slogans were visible among the protesters as well as banners bearing messages opposed to the lockdown measures. 

The crowd eventually congregated outside the GPO on O’Connell Street where several demonstrators gave speeches. 

Gardaí were on the scene throughout the protest to monitor the situation. 

Under the current lockdown regulations organised demonstrations of any kind are illegal. 

A total of 11 arrests were made while a number of fines were also issued. 

A Gardaí spokesperson said: “At approximately 3.30pm, persons involved in the event proceeded to walk from the Phoenix Park along the North Quays to the GPO, O’Connell Street and then back along the South Quays. 

“Following persistent and ongoing non-compliance with Public Health Regulations uniformed members of An Garda Síochána intervened in a graduated response at Victoria Quay.” 

They added: “11 arrests were made in relation to this event over the course of the afternoon.  A number of Fixed Payment Notices (FPNs) will be issued in relation to persons attending this event in breach of Public Health Regulations. 

An Garda Síochána will carry out an investigation into the organisers of this event.” 

The protest comes just days after 21 people were arrested for failing to comply with the public health guidelines during a St Patrick;s Day anti-lockdown protest.