'It’s time we stood up’: Irishman crashes truck into Russian embassy gates in Dublin
An Irish man named Desmond Wisley crashed his truck through the entrance of the Russian embassy in Dublin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7 to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. No injuries were reported after the incident.
The videos of the incident broke the internet. The driver in the video was spotted reversing his truck through the Russian embassy gates in Dublin and stopped after one of the embassy gates was broken. The onlookers were cheering for him when the incident took place.
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Desmond Wisley, an entrepreneur from County Leitrim in the north of Ireland, was jailed for illegal destruction. The hearing of the case is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8.
Video of Wisley ramming the Russian embassy gates with his lorry was shared online to cheers of “I love that!” “Well done!” and “Bravo, bravo!”
Desmond Wisley has breached the gates of the Russian Embassy in #Dublin. He was overcome after seeing photos of the family killed in Irpin. pic.twitter.com/8SMbZIYxK0— Laura Moth (@EisabelMoth) March 7, 2022
Afterward, Desmond left his truck and handed leaflets to the onlookers. He claimed that the leaflets contained photos of Russian atrocities in Ukraine.
“I just done this to create a safe corridor for the Russian ambassador to leave Ireland,” he said, referring to Yuri Filatov, the Russian ambassador to Ireland since 2017.
“I want the bastard and his colleagues to leave this country, leave this free country and go back to where there’s no freedom,” Wiley told the small gathering as he signaled to the Russian embassy.
“It’s about time we stood up,” he continued.
He further added, “We’re all sleeping on our couches, cozy in our own houses and we have to do something. I’m a working man and this is my contribution today and I’m glad I’ve done it.”
A female officer then approached Desmond and arrested him for his violent act.
“I have to arrest you now unfortunately for dangerous driving,” she told him. At this point, Desmond said, “I’ve done my bit lads. It’s about time Ireland does theirs.”
The Russian embassy reacted to the incident, calling out Ireland for permitting the violation of international law as the law enforcement “stood idle.”
“The embassy strongly condemns this criminal act of insanity directed against a peaceful diplomatic mission,” a spokeswoman said in The Irish Times.
She further added, “The embassy views this incident as a clear and blatant violation of the article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations of 1961.”
#Statement by the Embassy on the violation of its territory pic.twitter.com/AMCGKTzRsL— Russia in Ireland (@Rus_Emb_Ireland) March 7, 2022