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Thursday, December 9, 2021

POLL: Should protesting outside an individual’s home be criminalised?

The beauty of democracy is that the people are presented with the right to protest, whether that be against a political party, an individual or a government policy.

In recent times, we have seen many people expressing their right to protest in this country from repealing the Eight Amendment, water charges and Covid-19 restrictions.

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However, protests have taken a more personal turn lately with demonstrators targeting the homes of politicians and other public figures.

The most notable are the anti-vaccination protests that have taken place outside the homes of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan.

These demonstrators launched their protests outside the houses of the above politicians with the sole intention of preventing them from leaving their homes.

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Gardaí have already begun investigating these protests and could bring criminal charges to some of the individuals involved.

The fine line that we must draw in the sand of democracy is the one that differentiates between protesting and intimidation.

Gathering in the streets of a town or a city and government buildings is the ideal way to voice your opposition to a politician, however, the necessity of protesting outside the home of any individual, politician or not, is questionable.

It must also be considered that the families of politicians live in those very houses and they shouldn’t have to deal with the burden of demonstrations.

With all this being said, do you think protesting outside the home of an individual should be criminalised?

Should protesting outside an individual's home be criminalised?

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