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(en) Paying the Blood Price -Resistance Ireland

From <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Thu, 3 Oct 2002 16:30:54 -0400 (EDT)


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Between September of last year and June of this, an
average of 6 American war planes a day have re-fuelled
in Shannon airport. This is because they can carry
more weapons, troops, and supplies if they stop in
Ireland, than in Britain, as that way, being a shorter
journey, they need less fuel.  

Protest

On August 17th a 70 strong group of protesters defied
police orders to stay outside the airport, and by mere
fact of entering caused a warplane to leave without
refuelling. On August 31st there was a 24 hour women?s
peace camp outside the airport, with an information
stall in Shannon town itself which got a good
reception.  On September 1st there was a small picket
outside the main terminal building.On the night of
September 3rd activists got onto the runway and spray
painted a warplane.

A national demonstration at Shannon airport has been
called for October 12th. See local posters or
www.indymedia.ie for further details.

In August two American warships carrying ammunition to
the Middle East were due to stop over in Cork Harbour,
but this visit was cancelled because of planned
protests.

Arms Trade

At least 14 companies with operations based in the
Republic of Ireland are involved in the international 
arms trade. Each one has to get export licenses from
the government. Furthermore some of them get IDA
subsidies. Moog, a U.S. arms corporation with a plant
in Cork, got a IR£4.4 million grant from the
government. In Ireland this company makes parts for
tanks and anti-aircraft guns (including ones which
have been sold to the genocidal Indonesian military). 
It?s main business worldwide is in the production of
parts for bombers and missile systems. 

PFP
       
In it?s previous term in office Fianna Fail brought
the Irish state into the NATO led Partnership for
Peace (P.F.P.).  The P.F.P. is described in U.S.
military documents as part of an ?engagement strategy?
which ?serves to enhance both sides capability for
successfully making the transition to war and
participating in initial stages of combat in any
future conflicts.Through the P.F.P. the Irish army
participated in NATO military exercises in Poland in
the spring of this year. 

Nice
      
In the Nice Treaty it is planned that the E.U. will
take over the functions of the W.E.U., which is the
European based arm of NATO. It will be in command of
the Rapid Reaction Force, a European Army with 65,000
troops (plus 200,000 in reserve), and aircraft
carriers, combat jets and submarines.Through the
E.U.?s Common Foreign and Security Policy, a common
front on international affairs from all E.U.
governments,  the Irish Government lent diplomatic and
practical support to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
(3,000 dead), to the Anglo-American bombing of
Afghanistan (9,000 dead) and to the government side in
Columbia?s civil war -3,500 dead per year.   

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>From Resistance#16, regular monthly bulletin of the
Anarchist Federation Ireland. Email us at:

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