obstruction Prominent anti-vaxxer Dolores Webster appears in court after arrest at rally in Dublin city centre
Videos were posted on social media showing the moment the activist was arrested as supporters shouted at gardaí
Prominent anti-vaxxer Dolores Webster appeared in court on Friday after being arrested by gardai on foot of bench warrants for wilful obstruction.
Webster, who also goes by the name Dee Wall, was with supporters at a small rally on Nassau Street in Dublin city centre on Friday when she was arrested by a number of gardai.
Bench warrants had been issued for Wall’s arrest after she failed to appear before Kilkenny District Court on October 28 last year charged with obstructing an officer.
Webster, with an address at Muskery Road in Ballyfermot, was charged with wilfully obstructing Garda Mary Keegan from executing her duty at Club House Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny on December 3rd, 2019.
A number of videos of Wall’s arrest in Dublin was posted on social media on Friday and showed her being helped into a garda van by a number of gardai as her supporters shout at gardai.
They described Wall as a “digital journalist” and said she had “brittle bones”.
One supporter shouted: “They did the same to Gemma O’Doherty.”
O’Doherty, who is a conspiracy theorist banned from several social media platforms, was once a friend of Wall.
However, O’Doherty posted derogatory comments about Webster online after the arrest which described as a “fake arrest”.
One video of the arrest shows a garda approach Wall to tell her she is being arrested on foot of a couple of bench warrants
As she was being put into the van, Wall shouted: “They haven’t got a warrant.”
Despite her claims, there were two bench warrants issued for her arrest and she appeared in the District Court on Friday on foot of those warrants.
The charge of wilful obstruction is a summary offence and only carries a maximum penalty of a fine of €400.
Wall, who is a well-known anti-lockdown activist, was arrested on the day the Government announced a lifting of all lockdown measures.
Dolores ran for office during the 2020 elections as an independent candidate for Dublin Central but failed to be elected after only receiving 0.32% of votes.
During an anti-lockdown protest at Áras an Uachtaráin last year Dolores called for fellow protesters to drag President Michael D Higgins from his home in the Phoenix Park to dance on him “so there is nothing left of his head”.
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