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(en) Ireland, Shannon & Direct, ActionKilling 1 Person is Murder - Killing 1,000's is Foreign Policy

From "Andrew" <andy@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Wed, 19 Feb 2003 17:44:03 +0100 (CET)

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Shannon & Direct Action
This is the text of a leaflet drawn up by the Dublin grassroots gathering and
distibuted on the Feb 15 anti-war march in Dublin. Its in the context of the
planned mass direct action at Shannon on March 1st. Meet at the archway at the
entrance at 2pm.

> Killing 1 Person is Murder - Killing 1,000's is Foreign Policy
It's now well known that Shannon airport is being used by the US military for
refuelling en route to Iraq. Getting it well known was an important victory
but it's not enough

- now we've got to stop it!

As usual the Irish Government are blatantly ignoring public opinion - they
haveundermined Irish neutrality despite the overwhelming majority of residents
of Ireland opposing this war. Up to five such flights a day are now passing
through Shannon and the government freely admits that the soldiers carry
personal fire arms on board. This may only be the tip of the ice berg as no
official has ever asked to inspect any plane. We do know that 30 planes were
given permission to carry arms and munitions last year. The US navy and air
force C 130s which pass through regularly are often used as bombers and gun
ships and can also transport so called daisy cutter bombs

We don't have to be powerless spectators; we CAN stop the US using Shannon.
While this may not stop the war, it would be a huge boost to anti-war
activists around the world and could have a major impact. We have a better
chance than anyone outside of the US and the UK of striking a major blow
against this war.

So how can we do this?

It's not just a question of making our voices heard but making them impossible
to ignore! Direct Action is just that - taking the initiative and implementing
change ourselves - why rely on the action of others when our appeals obviously
fall on deaf ears?

We don't have to be super-brave commandos; direct action can take many forms,
from just being there supporting, to blockading, "trespassing", witnessing, to
getting in the way when the cops try to arrest others; your level of
involvement is your choice.

Several such actions have happened already - a military plane was sprayed with
paint last September, over a hundred people "trespassed" inside the fence in
October while just recently one woman did 500, 000 euros of damage to a Navy
jet! Five members of the Catholic Worker Movement disarmed the same Navy jet
after it had been repaired delaying its involvement in the massacre of Iraqis.

Direct action can take many forms, but all contribute towards preventing this
war. We've already seen how effective this form of resistance can be. The
challenge is to continue with direct action, making it larger, bolder and more
powerful. Direct action is perhaps the most empowering means of resistance -
and is for everyone; our tools are creativity, spontaneity and imagination
and the occasional hammer!

The war is illegal under both Irish and International law, raising several
possible defences, some of which are being tried already, however such actions
may result in fines or even prison time. It's therefore vital that we support
and offer our solidarity to those who take direct action and suffer legal
consequences as a result.

Creating a diverse, imaginative campaign of actions will enable us to succeed
in preventing the use of Irish airports to bomb innocent people for the sake
of oil & power.

solidarity [sldĉrt] n., pl. -ties.: to achieve collective strength and
political power through unity of interest, equality and mutual aid


Mass direct action at Shannon on March 1st. Meet at the archway at the
entrance at 2pm.

More on Shannon protests at http://struggle.ws/wsm/shannon.html

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