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Thugs who undertake a Coronavirus Assault Should be Met with the Full Severity of the Law

Aontú condemns the outrageous and thuggish behaviour of those individuals who have participated in the so-called Coronavirus Challenge. Amidst this pandemic, at risk individuals have shut themselves off from friends, family and loved ones to protect themselves. Loved ones have been unable to spend the last few days with their dying loved ones, and have been unable to mourn properly due to restrictions in place. Health workers put themselves in harm’s way up and down the country on a daily basis. Some health workers have already lost their lives due to this crisis.

All the while certain individuals have thought it humorous to spit/lick/infect other people, surfaces and objects in pursuit of social media infamy. Thugs have spat on members of An Garda Síochána, and on the Minister for Health. Others have licked and infected services and facilities – directly endangering our people.

Aontú calls for these individuals to be prosecuted for their crimes against Irish society, which endanger our most vulnerable and attack our most brave. Furthermore, Aontú calls on the parents of these individuals to be notified and held accountable where these individuals are underage.

This crisis has shown what is best about Irish society – our caring towards one another, our love for community and the bravery of our citizens serving bravely on the frontline. It is our job as public representatives to protect our citizens from those who would seek to place them in harm’s way for their own gain.


By Aontú Press | 31 March, 2020

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