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(en) A Tale Of Two Protests -Resistance (AF Ireland)

From Al <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Sun, 10 Nov 2002 04:18:37 -0500 (EST)

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Shannon airport has been used as a stopover for US
troops and death machinery en route to war.

The first demonstration I was at in Shannon warport
had an open meeting for all participants prior to it.
We formed a circle and debated our course of action,
while our entrance to the airport grounds was being
blocked by the police. We decided collectively as
equals. In the end (and this was a short-ish
discussion, based upon the idea that we could go
separate ways) most people marched up the road with no
negotiations, no compromise and no surrender. Others
choose a different route - as was their right.

At the second demonstration the megaphone wielding
apparatchiks of the ?Socialist? ?Worker?s? Party
successfully sabotaged events (despite prior
assurances there would be a meeting) and led the march
up the road to the airport. This, incidentally, after
negotiations with the police (i.e. accepting the
authority of the state), and, according to a police
spokesman, giving assurances to them there would be no

So what did this mean? Firstly; that proceedings
belonged to the ?Irish Anti-War Movement? (the current
pseudonym for the Politburo of the ?Socialist?
?Worker?s? Party) rather than to all participants as
Secondly; that there was no collective open discussion
about direct action prior to it kicking off.

So, anyways, we marched to the airport building, and
upon arriving spontaneously blockaded the entrance to
the terminal. Out with megaphones for an ?open mic?
and this soon died away. An ?open mic? which by
curious design had as it?s first speaker none other
than Patricia McKenna MEP for the Green Party. 
Thankfully the situation was saved when a number of
individuals took the initiative to tear down the fence
on the way out of the airport, and over one hundred
people piled across, much to the consternation of Mr
Plod, both of the soft cop and regular variety. Indeed
the megaphones blared out pleas for people to return
to the buses. A number of arrests were made.
Eventually a stand off ensued when a body of
protesters refused to leave the runway grounds,
despite arrests and threatened use of water cannon and
police dogs.

Meanwhile outside the now demolished perimeter wire,
another group of protesters briefly blocked the road,
for the same reason. This group included a number of
prominent members of the SWP, who were then ordered to
desist by their leadership!

After assurances that the arrestees would be released,
we went en masse to the cop shop to make sure. With an
unruly mob (OK, slight exaggeration) outside the
police station, the ten arrested people were processed
and released.


>From the pages of Resistance#17, regular monthly
bulletin of the Anarchist Federation (Ireland), now
available in text and PDF format at our website:



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