Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Truck rams embassy gate

A heavy goods vehicle reversing through the closed gates

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DUBLIN, Ireland (AFP) — The Russian embassy in Dublin condemned the ramming of its gates by a truck on Monday and accused Irish police of failing to intervene to protect its premises.

The embassy, which has been the focus of recent protests, called the crash a “criminal act of insanity,” adding the “incident took place in the presence of Garda (police) officers who stood idle,”

The mission said it considered the incident a violation of diplomatic convention­s and was “demanding that the Irish authoritie­s take comprehens­ive measures” to ensure safety.

Earlier, detectives said one man had been arrested as they investigat­ed an incident of criminal damage at the embassy in the south of the Irish capital at about 1330 GMT.

“One male was arrested and taken to Rathfarnha­m Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. “Investigat­ions are ongoing.” Footage of the crash, shared on social media, showed a heavy goods vehicle reversing through the closed gates of the embassy.

The truck had livery for an ecclesiast­ical supply company printed on its side.

No injuries were reported. On Friday, a Roman Catholic priest threw red paint at the gates of the embassy while being interviewe­d on national radio.

Ireland’s prime minister Micheal Martin has faced calls from opposition leaders to expel the Russian ambassador to Ireland because of the invasion of Ukraine.

However he has ruled out the move on the basis it would impede the Irish government’s ability to aid its citizens abroad.

Russia on Monday called for France to provide protection for its diplomatic missions, saying a Molotov cocktail was thrown at its science and cultural center in Paris.

An “incendiary device” was thrown at the building, causing minimal damage, but no one was injured, according to a police source.

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