Violent clashes at anti-lockdown protest in Dublin condemned

Up to 100 gardaí involved in operation as protesters and counter-protesters gathered on Saturday afternoon

Groups of protesters and counter-protesters clashed in Dublin on Saturday at an anti-lockdown demonstration. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

Groups of protesters and counter-protesters clashed in Dublin on Saturday at an anti-lockdown demonstration. Photograph: Paul Faith/ AFP

There has been widespread condemnation of the violent clashes between protesters and counter-protesters at a weekend anti-lockdown demonstration in Dublin city centre.

The confrontation between protesting anti-lockdown groups, including the right-wing National Party, and a group of counter-protesters, some of whom described themselves on social media as communists, took place over two hours on Saturday afternoon in the Kildare Street Molesworth Street area.

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