Around 100 protesters gathered outside the US embassy in the Ballsbridge neighborhood of Dublin on Sunday, May 31. Participants were demonstrating in solidarity with protests taking part across the US over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25. A small peaceful protest also took place outside the official residence of the US ambassador in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
Expect associated disruptions to travel and a heightened security presence in the vicinity of protests.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.
Individuals in Dublin are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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