Gardaí step in as scuffles break out at anti-Pegida protest

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Anti-Pegida protesters in Dublin
Anti-Pegida protesters in Dublin

Gardaí were forced to step in when anti-Pegida protesters pursued several men from O'Connell Street down onto North Earl Street in Dublin this afternoon.

The Public Order Unit intervened when the men were cornered in a nearby shop.

There were some scuffles between gardaí and anti-Pegida protesters after the anti-Islamisation group announced the creation of an Irish branch of the European group at a protest rally.

Pegida's Dublin launch is among a series of Europe-wide demonstrations against the growth of Islam in Europe.

Peter O'Loughlin, of Identity Ireland, confirmed that Pegida Ireland will become the 15th country to establish a branch of the organisation.

However, hundreds attended a counter protest that took place against the anti-Islam group.