A group of Muslims shouting ‘Allahu Ackbar’ marched behind a demonstration in favour of Ireland’s open borders approach to immigration on Monday.
A small demonstration supporting the Irish government’s open borders policies was joined by a group of Muslims holding signs protesting Qur’an burning while chanting Allahu Ackbar.
The march was dwarfed by another demonstration nearby protesting against mass immigration, which was attended by “thousands” demanding that the country reduce the number of refugees and asylum seekers it is taking in.
In a video shared by Le Chéile, the progressive group that helped organise the pro-migrant demo, the small group of Islamic protesters could be seen marching behind the protesters holding banners in support of open borders.
The men can be heard shouting a number of Islamic slogans in the footage, including the infamous “allahu ackbar”, while brandishing signs denouncing Qur’an burning as “hate speech”.
Proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Irish who are welcoming of refugees and asylum seekers, who remember that the Irish faced the same racism & far right bigotry seeking to divide the poorest & most vulnerable when we emigrated in the past. #RefugeesWelcome pic.twitter.com/DZJoKnnzG1
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“We love Quran,” read one sign, while another said that “we won’t tolerate Islamophobia”.
“The far-left is acting as an aircraft carrier for Islamic extremism into Ireland and should now be reassessed as a security threat,” President of the Irish Freedom Party Hermann Kelly told Breitbart Europe regarding the footage.
“Only a policy of controlled and vetted immigration will make Ireland safer,” he continued. “Ireland needs thousands of poverty-stricken Muslim extremists like it needs a hole in the head.”
It is unclear whether or not the men screaming the Islamic slogans were taking part in the open borders march, or were attending another demonstration.
Breitbart Europe has approached Le Chéile for comment.
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Although the pro-open borders protest received plenty of coverage in the Irish media, the NGO-linked demo was completely dwarfed by a much larger protest march against Ireland’s mass immigration platform.
With the country having taken in over 80,000 refugees and asylum seekers in 2022 alone, the country has seen a sudden surge in protests over the last number of weeks, with many extremely concerned as to the volume of migrants arriving into the country of only 5 million people.
Monday’s demo represented one of the largest of its kind so far, with the Irish Times reporting “thousands” of people turning out to protest the country’s mass migration policies.
“We’re sick of being called racists, we are sick of being called liars,” one speaker at the demonstration, Gavin Pepper, said. “We’re out for our kids and our families.”
Many of the protesters also took issue with the country’s legacy media, who have repeatedly linked the ongoing demonstrations to a shadowy “far-right” in the country.
Such a sentiment appears to be shared by the general public, with a poll released on Sunday showing that a plurality of people now believe that the country’s media are “biased in favour of refugees and against those with concerns”.
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