Reuters via BBC News
Dublin saw major riots on November 23rd after a stabbing occurred in Parnell East Square outside of a school. Five people were attacked, including three children and a woman in her thirties. The riots were incited after it was revealed that the perpetrator was a foreign national. The Gardai have said it was not a terrorist attack.
Rioting lasted for many hours and has led to thirty four arrests. Chief Superintendent Patrick McMenamin attributed the disorder to “gratuitous thuggery.” The riots saw cases of arson, looting, assault on police officers and mass vandalism.
Nobody is known to have been killed and two of the children who were stabbed are receiving emergency care. Police and Officials have called for calm during the current agitation. The Gardai have revealed that they have “never ruled out any possible motive for this attack.” The riot was heavily incited by anti-immigration sentiment due to the attacker being described as a foreign national, who has not yet been identified.
The riot comes after an apparent rise of right wing politics in Europe. In Holland, the far right, anti-Islam candidate Geert Wilders became the Dutch Prime Minister after his Freedom Party became the largest party in the national parliament on November 22nd. In Ireland, Garda commissioner Drew Harris argued that the riots were driven by a “complete lunatic faction driven by far-right ideology.” It is evident that an anti-immigration sentiment is growing in Europe.
The Irish President, Michael Higgins, said in an official statement that “all of our thoughts are with each of the children and their families affected by today’s horrific attack.” The official motive has not yet been revealed but as the riots showed, the threat of foreign terrorism has, and would likely further cause, domestic upset in the Irish population.
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