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(en) Workers Solidarity No 73 - Stop refuelling at Shannon warport

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 2 Dec 2002 05:07:37 -0500 (EST)


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Despite the supposed neutrality of Southern Ireland the Irish
government has been involving us more and more in the
imperialist adventures of the US military. Shannon airport has
become a key refuelling facility for US war planes en route
between the US and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

US war planes have also been allowed to use Shannon as a training
base. During the 1991 Gulf War there were lots of B52 bombers seen
at Shannon, en route to raining down death on Iraq from 30,000 feet.

We don't know exactly what is being ferried through Shannon as
Customs do no inspect military planes. It may well be that the
prisoners taken during the Afghan war and held in appalling
conditions at Gutanomo bay were ferried through Ireland. We don't
know what sorts of weapons are being carried on these planes,
although a common visitor is the C-130 Hercules which is used to
drop the 15,000 'daisy cutter' bomb.

We do know that the Irish government is lying about the use of
Shannon. At the time of the Afghan war they claimed that the US
troops flying through Shannon were returning home from bases in
Germany. Yet protesters at Shannon witnessed hundreds of marines
in Desert camouflage gear. We now that at one point last year a
"cargo aircraft landed at Shannon after a report of "smoke in the
cabin". When 15 emergency vehicles arrived they were met by armed
US Military personnel". We don't know what that plane was carrying
or why armed US military personnel were required to keep emergency
crews away.

The little we do know is due to the diligent work of a small number of
anti-war activists, in particular Tim Hourigan. So we know that planes
using Shannon have included C-130 Hercules, F-16s, Galaxy C-5
transporters and the like. We do know that the state security services
are doing all in their power to prevent such monitoring, observers
have been repeatedly ordered to leave the airport.

Tim reports one such incident from 31 Oct 2002 "two of the war
monitors at Shannon today came face to face with a group of US
military personnel in the arrivals hall at Shannon airport. One
monitor asked a simple question and both were ordered out of the
terminal, at the behest of an anonymous special agent. Two
inspectors, two Garda and several security personnel made sure we
left the premises."

The time has come to move beyond talking about the militarisation of
southern Ireland and to act against it. Inside you will find reports of
the actions that have already taken place.


See also

   Stop refuelling at Shannon warport http://struggle.ws/wsm/shannon.html
   Shannon airport in offically 'neutral' southern Ireland has been
   used for at least a decade to refuel US war planes. This page
   details opposition in Ireland to the role the Irish government has
   chosen to play in the US imperialist adventures.

This page is from the print version of the Irish
Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html .

We also  provide PDF  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf.html files of
all our publications for you to print out and distribute locally

Print out the PDF file of this issue http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/ws/73.html


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