Irish police make 34 arrests after Dublin rioting

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(VOVWORLD) - Irish police on Friday said they had made 34 arrests for rioting in Dublin overnight, adding that more protests could follow after the stabbing of five people, including three children, triggered rarely-seen violence in the capital.

Irish police make 34 arrests after Dublin rioting - ảnh 1A bus burns during a demonstration following a suspected stabbing that left few children injured in Dublin, Ireland on November 23, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)

One of the children, a five-year-old girl remained in critical condition after sustaining serious injuries in the stabbing. A man was detained in connection with the stabbing, and there was immediate speculation online that he was foreign, despite no official comment from authority on his nationality.

Police blamed agitators for starting the violence after a small group of anti-immigrant protesters arrived at the scene of the stabbing and clashed with police. It took officers several hours to regain control. Police Commissioner Drew Harris said he expected many more arrests for rioting.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told a news conference that his government would take immediate steps to tighten anti-hate legislation. The attack was condemned across all political parties, including the main opposition Sinn Fein.