Written by Piero Messina
Dublin in flames, for a day of ordinary madness. A day with very strange contours: Because, in truth, we know nothing of the profound reasons for that anger that was unleashed, devastating cars, buses, the subway and setting fire to the outskirts of the city, suddenly transformed into a branch of hell. But let’s try to reconstruct the facts.
The fuse that triggered the protests is a serious news episode, but similar to hundreds of events that are recorded every day in increasingly degraded European cities. A man, whose identity was not made known, stabbed three children and a teacher in front of an elementary school, before himself being injured and being blocked by passers-by.
The attacker was stopped by a rider from Deliveroo, a home delivery company. The rider was proceeding on his motorbike when he saw a young girl attacked by a man with a knife. He got off his motorbike and hit the attacker with his helmet, without hesitation: “It was pure instinct, and it all happened in a few seconds. He fell to the ground”, is the rider’s story. The attacker was handed over to the police, while the angry crowd tried to beat him. The police did not provide the name of the attacker and said that the case is closed and no other suspects are being sought.
There is no suggestion of a terrorist motive. Perhaps the gesture of a deranged person, perhaps a personal motive. The attack took place in Parnell Square, an area where crime, degradation and homelessness are on the rise. In any case, yesterday’s episode aside, in a traditionally very welcoming country like Ireland, anti-immigration movements have been reported to be on the rise for some time. Police urged people to ignore “misinformation circulating on social media”, where unidentified “immigrants” were blamed for yesterday’s attack in front of the school.
Things came to a head in a matter of minutes. Vehicles were set on fire and firecrackers were thrown at police during violent clashes. Ireland’s police chief blamed the riots on a “faction of mad hooligans”. The justice minister accused those involved in the violence of using the previous incident to “create chaos”.
This episode of urban guerrilla warfare, however, does not seem at all random. There is a thread of unjustifiable violence that links all European capitals. The reasons are, all things considered, quite simple to explain. Europe is a giant in difficulty. Crushed by the Atlanticist position in Ukraine, blind and complicit in the atrocities committed by the IDF in Gaza, Europe is a financial machine that is eroding citizens’ rights day after day, making them increasingly poorer.
What is not said about the attack on the Dublin school is more important than what we know: yesterday’s clashes have a very specific unofficial origin, they are yet another step in an underground campaign against migration and against the Arab and Muslim. But in the mainstream media, in the name of a hypocritical defense of privacy, no one will say it.
Ireland is a fragile frontier of Fortress Europe. Political, economic and religious relations within the country remain tense, despite the end of the civil war for several decades. The stability of the country is hanging by a thread and the institutions are taking great care not to reawaken old conflicts. Consequently, power is divided in such a way as to find in the executive power and in Parliament an equal proportionality between unionists (who would like to join the United Kingdom) and nationalists (who would like to join Ireland). However, Brexit has awakened some old demons. In fact, if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Northern Ireland leaves the same, since it is part of it. While Ireland, which is independent, remains within the European Union. A situation that makes border management complicated.
Then there is the economic paradox. The Irish economy is in excellent health and is experiencing a phase of expansion after the collapse experienced during the pandemic. This is demonstrated by macroeconomic data such as the employment rate at an all-time high, the Gross Domestic Product growing by three percent in 2023 and a budget surplus expected both for this and future years thanks to the effects of a tax imposed on multinationals. Not everything, however, is going right and the situation changes when we move from the optimism of the macroeconomic data to the worrying living conditions of a part of the population. The high costs of the real estate sector and the shortcomings of public services prevent many from enjoying the benefits of growth, causing frustration and disenchantment with the executive in power.
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