Balaclavas worn to prevent social media harassment, claim Garda

Gardaí say since water charge protests, photos and names being posted to intimidate

Six people have been arrested after housing activists were removed from a property at 34 North Frederick Street in Dublin's north inner city. Video: Jack Power

Comments from inside the Garda on the fire-retardant “hoods” or balaclavas worn by gardaí at the Take Back the City housing crisis protest in Dublin have focused on safety.

And while the hoods are a Garda-issue piece of safety kit, many in the force say they were being worn on Tuesday night to guard against a new hazard: online intimidation.

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