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(report from Examiner newspaper)

Kicks and punches fly in riot at college

by Dan Collins
GARDAI´ baton charged anti fascist protesters in the corridors of University
College Cork last night during a protest by 600 people who prevented a
lecture by British revisionist historian David Irving.
One man was arrested for incitement to riot after 50 members of the gardaí
had been called as reinforcements for the UCC security staff when protesters
chanting nazi, nazi, nazi, out, out, out broke through the main doorway of
the science building, spilling through the corridors leading to the lecture
theatre where Irving was due to take part in a philosophical society debate.
The protest reached fever pitch at about 7.30pm when people carrying
placards and shouting anti fascist slogans forced their way through the main
doors of the science building.
>From there, a small militant group stormed the doors on the hallway leading
to the lecture theatre. In the melee, people fell to the floor as security
staff and baton wielding gardaí struggled to keep them back. The rear
stairwell to the science building was also over run with protesters, making
access to the building almost impossible. At one stage a group of incensed
men and women chanting Gardaí RUC occupied the floor above the lecture
theatre. From there, they rushed the gardaí and security staff at the bottom
of the stairs. Kicks and punches were thrown and a vicious struggle ensued
for almost 10 minutes before the riot was quelled.
Ticket holders who had taken their seats in the theatre sat in shocked
silence as doors were barricaded from the inside with the threat that
protesters would break through. Shortly before 8pm, Stephen Vaughan,
auditor, philosophical society announced that gardaí had ordered the
cancellation of the lecture.
The society, he said, would make no attempt this year to reschedule the
Irving debate. Among the protesters were people carrying O´gra Sinn Féin,
Socialist Party, Workers' Party, Sinn Féin and Anti Nazi organisation
Cork Workers' Party chairman Ted Tynan said: "Mr Irving's philosophy goes
far beyond what could be considered a reasoned contribution to political
debate. It is incitement to hatred of Jews, black people and other races."

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