A woman was injured during an otherwise peaceful protest against Irish Water Monday at the Fingal County Council building. She and two other women had sat down blocking the revolving door when the Gardai’s pushing and pulling on the glass door shattered it down on top of them.
A video posted at Balbriggan and surrounding areas Against Water Charges, captures the moments.
Garda have attacked 3 of us and shattered the fingal county council office doors on top of us picture to follow. If you listen to the video u will hear the glass crashing on top of us
A second video shows the three women being taken out, the first, dragged out and carried off. Shortly after you can see the door being broken when Gardai, while trying to force the women out, are pushing from the inside and pulling on the door from the outside.
The final video shows that the woman with her head and face bleeding was then forced to walk out off the grounds despite her pleas for medical care.
She tells the waiting group while pointing at one of the Gardai “He said I smashed the glass myself.” “He said I could go out a hero, because I smashed the glass myself,” as she is being escorted through the gates.
The crowd are heard saying: “Call an ambulance, call an ambulance.”
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A statement posted to the Facebook page of Balbriggan and surrounding areas Against Water Charges, which the women are administrators of:
Just a quick update on this evening events .. Gina linda and Myself were in the triangle of the rotating door .. We were there peacefully protesting as we were waiting for the motion that Sinn Fein had brought up to vote on Fingal councillors views to have Irish water abolished ..The Garda came in heavy handed one Garda in front of us shoving the door towards us and the Garda behind us doing the opposite direction which made no sense as the only result of this action would mean the door would break .. You can hear clearly in the video us warning the door will break but it did not stop them .. The glass shattered all over us and the steel bar on the side of the glass came crashing down on top of us too .. Gina got a severely bad cut to her face and we all walked away with glass cuts all over us and severe bang to our heads from the Steal bar
Just a quick update on this evening events .. Gina linda and Myself were in the triangle of the rotating door .. We were…