A snap of a Garda car protecting the Russian Embassy in Dublin has gone viral after a Twitter user pointed out the colour screen.
witter user @StandardKarl shared a picture of the car parked up outside the embassy after a man was arrested for driving a lorry into the entrance.
“Irish police car parked outside of the Russian embassy after gates were rammed open.”
“Am sure no one thought about the colour scheme,” he added.
The Garda car, which is patterned with blue and yellow is the same colour as the Ukrainian flag.
On Tuesday, businessman Desmond Wisley (49) appeared in court charged with criminal damage and dangerous driving after a rigid body truck bearing signage of his church supplies firm was reversed into the embassy’s front gate.
In his statement to reporters outside the courthouse, Mr Wisley thanked the Gardaí for the "professionalism, courtesy and kindness" they showed him on arrest.
“It shows us how democracy should work,” he said.
“I did this to keep the pressure on Putin, to stop the war in Ukraine, especially the murder of innocent children,” Mr Wisley said.
“It is the job of the Russian ambassador to report the mood of this nation back to the Kremlin. Now he is either afraid of Putin and he’s filling Putin with propaganda to save his sorry soul.”
"If he’s in fear of Putin then any staff should seek asylum in this great country. But if he is going to continue spreading lies about the war and not tell Putin that enough is enough and to stop the war for the sake of the children, then I ask the Irish government to expel the ambassador and his staff back to Russia,” he continued.
“I did this in memory of the woman and three kids who were murdered by the Russian mortar which fell beside them in Ukraine.”
"The picture shows the bodies of the three children clutching their bags making a bid for freedom. They did not know what happened to them. I felt their pain in that split second and it will live with me forever. We are sleepwalking into this war, it’s happening in slow motion before our very eyes.”
“In 30 years time when my grandkids ask me what did you do to stop the war, I don’t want to say I scrolled on my phone and I channel-hopped the whole way through it. I want to say I kept the pressure on,” Mr Wisley said.
The Russian embassy, which is located on Orwell Road in Rathmines has been subject to numerous attacks after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.
Last week a catholic priest doused the front of the embassy with red paint live on RTE radio show Liveline.
Fr Fergal MacDonagh (61), the parish priest of Dolphin’s Barn/Rialto threw the paint to protest Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking to Joe Duffy live from the embassy he said: “I’m outside the gates of the Russian Embassy in Dublin. I’m about to throw paint at it. I won’t be the first and I won’t be the last. I’m going to do it now. I’m trying to not spill it,” he said.
“After a moment of brief silence on air, the priest returned to his phone to inform Joe and his listeners that he just followed through with the vandalistic act.”
“I threw the empty tin of paint on the driveway,” he said, ‘I’m furious at what is happening. There were children being born in bomb shelters.”
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