Rioting in Dublin after 3 kids are stabbed in street, 34 held

Violence Started After Rumours Of Attacker Being A Foreigner Spread; PM Leo Varadkar Slams Anti-Immigrant Protesters
Ireland’s PM Leo Varadkar on Friday condemned anti-immigrant protesters who rampaged through central Dublinafter three young children were stabbed, saying the rioters simply wanted to cause chaos, not protect the country’s way of life. Police arrested 34 people overnight after up to 500 people looted shops, set fire to vehicles and threw rocks at crowd control officers equipped with helmets and shields.The violence began after rumours circulated that a foreign national was responsible for the attack outside a Dublin school on Thursday afternoon.
Varadkar said Ireland’s capital had endured two attacks, one on innocent children and the other on “our society and the rule of law”. “These criminals did not do what they did because they love Ireland, they did not do what they did because they wanted to protect Irish people, they did not do it out of any sense of patriotism,” Varadkar said on Friday. “They did so because they’re filled with hate, they love violence, they love chaos, and they love causing pain to others.”A5-year-old girl was in critical condition at a Dublin hospital and a teacher’s aide was in serious condition, police said. A 6-year-old girl continues to receive treatment for less serious injuries and another child was discharged. The alleged assailant, who was tackled by witnesses, remains hospitalised in serious condition.
Thursday’s unrest came amid rising tensions over immigration in Ireland that mirror trends in other parts of Europe. Earlier this year, people carrying signs reading “Ireland is full” demonstrated in Dublin and protesters blockaded a hotel housing asylum seekers.
An analysis of more than 13 million social media posts over the past three years found that right-wing groups were increasingly using platforms such as X to stir up opposition to immigration. Recent activity has characterised the refugees and asylum seekers as an “existential threat to Ireland,” according to a report from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based group that seeks to combat extremism.

Ireland received more than 141,000 immigrants in the 12 months through April, the highest total since 2007, the latest government statistics show. The influx of migrants drove an 11.7% increase in Ireland’s population over the past 11 years, contributing to a steady in crease in housing prices.
Commissioner Drew Harris, head of Ireland’s national police force, described those who took part in the unrest as a “lunatic hooligan faction driven by far-right ideology.” More than 400 officers, including many in riot gear, were deployed to contain the violence. A cordon was set up around the Irish parliament building, Leinster House, and mounted officers were dispatched to nearby Grafton Street. One officer was seriously injured in clashes with the rioters, some of whom were armed with metal bars and covered their faces.

The PM praised people of multiple nationalities who intervened to stop the attack, describing them as “real Irish heroes”. One of them was a Brazilian delivery driver who stopped when he saw the teacher’s aide trying to save the children. Spotting a knife, he ripped off his helmet and slammed it into the attacker with all his strength.

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