The murder of three children outside a school sparked massive unrest in the Irish capital on Thursday.
More than €350,000 has so far been crowdfunded for a Brazilian food delivery driver who helped stop a knife rampage in which three children were stabbed in Dublin, an incident which sparked riots in the Irish capital.
Caio Benicio, 43, who emigrated to Dublin last year, used his motorbike helmet to hit the attacker as he witnessed the violent attack outside a primary school on the outskirts of north Dublin on Thursday after -noon. Three children and one adult – Leanne Flynn, a daycare worker in her thirties – were injured. A five-year-old girl is still hospitalized and seriously injured. Flynn is in a “serious but stable” He is in hospital condition, police said on Saturday, after spending two days in intensive care.
A crowdfunding page on the GoFundMe platform titled “Buy Caio Benicio a Pint” had raised more than €350,000 ($383,000) as of Sunday afternoon, after Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar congratulated Benicio and others who intervened as “the true Irish heroes.”
“I didn’t even make a decision, it was pure instinct.” Benicio told Irish publication The Journal on Thursday. “It was all over in seconds. He fell to the ground, I didn’t see where the knife went and other people intervened.
He added: “I did what anyone would do. I knew I could use my helmet as a weapon.
The attacker, who has not yet been formally identified by Irish authorities, was also seriously injured during the incident. Local media outlet Gript reported Thursday, citing police sources, that the suspect was of Algerian origin. Subsequent reports indicated that the man, believed to be in his 40s, is a naturalized Irish citizen who has lived in the country for two decades.
The incident sparked Dublin’s worst riots in two decades, as hundreds of people gathered in the city center, many expressing anti-immigration sentiments. Many businesses were ransacked, while various public transport and police vehicles were set on fire. So far, 34 people have been arrested and authorities have vowed to use CCTV footage to identify other culprits.
“It seems like they hate immigrants” Benicio added to the Journal, commenting on the mess. “Well, I’m an immigrant and I did what I could to try to save this little girl.”
Benicio was aided in his efforts by a 17-year-old French trainee chef who worked in a Dublin restaurant. He suffered injuries to his hands and face during the struggle and received a phone call on Friday from French President Emmanuel Macron congratulating him for his efforts.
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