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Several people were injured during the Grangegorman eviction fracas last night

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Eviction: Dozens of people at the site in Grangegorman last night
Eviction: Dozens of people at the site in Grangegorman last night

A number of people were last night reportedly treated by paramedics following a fracas at the Grangegorman squatters site in north Dublin.

The stand-off has entered its second day after squatters managed to stave off attempts by workers to erect fences around the site. 

When they arrived yesterday, they found themselves barricaded in the area by the squatters and people supporting them for several hours. The complex is abandoned, and there are a reported 27-35 people living in it. 

A video posted on YouTube shows the moment the workers attempt to leave the site at approximately 9.25pm last night. 

Squatters and protestors are seen barring the van's exit before the vehicle's screen is smashed. A number of people are understood to have suffered injuries and were treated at the scene after the van allegedly collided with them. 

Gardai called for back-up as protestors sat in front of the van. 

At approximately 10.45pm the vehicles, which included a number of trucks, vans and cars, were able to leave the yard unimpeded when the protesters made way.

The Resist Grangegorman Eviction Facebook page this morning thanked people and local businesses for their support. 

"We would like to say a massive thank you to all the people, local businesses and voluntary organisations who have showed us support, love and solidarity in the struggle to protect our home.

"With over 100 people on the streets at night resisting alongside us, we won! We have never felt so strong. The complex remains in our control and we are going to fight for it with all we've got. The future is uncertain, so please continue to stand with us and resist this eviction."

Up to 60 people still remain at the site today and more are expected to show up in solidarity with the squatters.