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Irishman Desmond Wisley plows a truck through the gates of the Russian Embassy

An Irishman rammed his truck through the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin on Monday to protest Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine – to cheers from onlookers.

Desmond Wisley, a businessman from County Leitrim in northern Ireland, was arrested on criminal charges and remained in custody after the incident. according to The Irish Times. He is due to appear in court on Tuesday.

video of the incident shared online shows the back of a van speeding through the embassy’s front gates around 1:30 p.m. to cheers of “bravo” and “good man” from protesters holding signs at the gates. Nobody was injured.

Wiley is seen getting out of the truck and handing out flyers with photos of alleged Russian atrocities in Ukraine.

“I only did this to create a safe corridor for the Russian ambassador to leave Ireland,” he said, referring to Yuri Filatov, who has held the position since 2017.


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“I want the bastard and his fellows to leave this country, leave this free country and call back where there is no freedom,” Wiley told the small crowd in the clip, gesturing to the message.

“It’s time to get up,” he continued. “We’re all sleeping on our couches, comfortably in our own homes and we have to do something.”

A person is protesting at the scene of an incident where a truck reversed through the front gate of the Russian Embassy in Dublin.
A person is protesting at the scene of an incident where a truck reversed through the front gate of the Russian Embassy in Dublin.
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“I’m a laborer and this is my contribution today and I’m glad I did.”

A Gardaí police officer then approaches Wiley, who shows her his flyer and explains why he did it.

“Unfortunately, I now have to arrest you for dangerous driving,” she told him.

When the officer takes him away without handcuffs, Wiley explains, “I’ve done my little things, boys. It is time Ireland did theirs.”

The Russian embassy initially responded by claiming that Ireland had breached international law by allowing the incident to take place, as law enforcement had “remained inactive”.

“The Embassy strongly condemns this criminal act of insanity directed against a peaceful diplomatic mission,” a spokeswoman said in a statement The Irish Time. “The Embassy regards this incident as a clear and flagrant violation of Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.”

Workers assemble security barriers at the Russian embassy after an incident in which a truck reversed through the embassy's front gate.
Workers assemble security barriers at the Russian embassy after an incident in which a truck reversed through the embassy’s front gate.
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“The incident is of great concern. We believe that no sane person could support such senseless and barbaric actions,” the spokeswoman said.

The embassy, ​​in a released follow-up statement, struck a lighter tone and said it appreciated the Irish authorities’ support.

“We would like to inform you that Lake Garda has taken additional measures to ensure the safety of the embassy and its staff,” the embassy said. “The Embassy appreciates the cooperation of the Irish authorities on this matter.”

The police erected protective barriers in front of the embassy on Monday evening. The embassy has been the scene of daily protests since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine 12 days ago.

According to The Times, protesters have repeatedly thrown red paint at the embassy’s entrance and spray-painted phrases like “Nazis,” “Blood on your hands,” and “F—k Russia” on the outside.

Last week, Filatov accused Irish protesters of being “crude and really aggressive” and accused Ireland of being at the forefront of “anti-Russian events” in the European Union, The Times reported.

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