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Covid march Dublin city centre cordoned off as anti-lockdown protest held amid major Garda presence

Numerous Garda vehicles as well as uniformed gardai formed lines across various streets to stop marchers from gaining access

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Gardaí detain a protester

Gardaí detain a protester

Gardaí detain a protester

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protestors staged a loud but relatively peaceful march through the streets of Dublin this afternoon.

Gardaí said they had not received any reports of arrests at the ‘Time for Change’ protest that gathered at Custom House Quay just after 2pm.

However, two individuals were taken into a Garda van after refusing instructions by gardaí to move on.

Gardaí had both sides of the Liffey cordoned off and several Garda vehicles could be seen lined up outside the Custom House.

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Anti-lockdown protesters march through the city

Anti-lockdown protesters march through the city

Anti-lockdown protesters march through the city

The few dozen demonstrators then moved off towards O’Connell Bride before turning up Westmoreland Street.

As the march continued, the few dozen protestors were gradually joined by others until there were close to two hundred marching past Government buildings.

It appeared gardaí were taking no chances of a repeat of the violent scenes that broke out at anti-lockdown rally on Grafton Street in February.

Numerous Garda vehicles as well as uniformed gardai formed lines across various streets to stop marchers from gaining access.

Shouting 'end the lockdown’ and ‘whose streets our streets’, demonstrators carried placards with slogans such as ‘jab of death’ and ‘prison for the healthy’.

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Protesters march through the city

Protesters march through the city

Protesters march through the city

As they marched past Government buildings, they shouted slogans referring to various politicians.

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They then marched along Nassau Street and into the shopping streets at the bottom of Grafton Street as bemused shoppers looked on.

The march eventually ended at the Garden of Remembrance after passing by the GPO on O’Connell Street.

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí in Dublin and Cork implemented policing plans around events that took place in both cities today. Gardaí were aware of events organised on social media by disparate groups.

The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) Regulations2021, as amended are currently in force.

This places certain restrictions on individuals organising relevant events outdoors and attending relevant events.

An Garda Síochána will carry out an investigation into the organisers of these events."

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