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(en) Ireland: Shut Shannon Warport, Protest December 8th,Dublin meeting December 4th

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 25 Nov 2002 07:23:26 -0500 (EST)

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Shut Shannon Warport, Protest December 8th, meeting December 4th

The Western war machine, driven by Bush and Blair, is
gearing up for another war against a third-world
regime with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of
innocent Iraqis facing imminent, violent death. The
coming war may well only last a few weeks as another
country is obliterated by the awesome might of the US
military. Although the war is being driven by the US
and British governments, it relies upon the assistance
of governments all over the world, who will supply
troops, air bases, logistical support and funding to
the war effort. The Irish government has played their
part by allowing the US military to use Irish airports
for refuelling on their way to the gulf. In particular
Shannon airport has been extensively used by US
military flights.

If we want to avoid the mass slaughter that the war
will bring, the time to act is now! Although kicking
the US troops out of Shannon is not going to stop the
war, it will have some effect. The US would have to
transfer their flights to other bases which would be
more expensive and would allow them to transport less
military equipment on each trans-atlantic flight.
What's more, if a mass popular movement could force
the Irish government to stop the US military from
using our airports, the morale effect on the rest of
the world would be tremendous. If Ireland can kick the
US troops out, then anything is possible!

There have been three major protests at Shannon
airport in the last year, each of these has succeeded
in disrupting to some extent the operation of the
airport and drawn a lot of public attention to
Ireland's complicity in this war. The Shannon protests
are not simply another march, they provide a space for
people to use a diversity of tactics againt the war.
Some people come to Shannon to register their morale
opposition to the military use of the airport in a
symbolic way, while others come determined to
physically disrupt the operation of the airport. We
are open to all tactics and are committed to giving
people an open, democratic choice as to how to voice
their own opposition. Nobody is pressured to take any
action that they are not comfortable with and there
has always been a large contingent who have protested,
peacefully and legally with almost no risk of arrest
or confrontation with the police. However we also
respect people's rights to take the protest further
and to engage in mass, non-violent direct
action, in an attempt to disrupt the operation of the
airport. Unity in diversity is our strength. So join
us on the next protest in Shannon and let the
government hear your anger at Irish complicity in the
coming slaughter. 

The Grassroots Gathering, an island-wide network of
grassroots activists, has called a protest at Shannon
airport for Sunday December 8th, beginning at 2pm. The
Dublin organising group will be arranging buses to
bring people to and from Shannon airport. The buses
will leave at 9am from Liberty Hall (Eden quay) and
will cost 13 euros return. For tickets and more info,
contact Patrick at 087-7939931 or email
ggantiwar@yahoo.com. Please get your tickets as far in
advance as possible so we can ensure that there are
enough places for everybody. 

As part of our campaign to build a mass movement
capable of stopping Irish support for the war, we will
also be holding a public meeting on Wednesday December
4th in Liberty Hall at 7:30pm. All are welcome.
Speakers will be:

* Ciaron O Reilly (Catholic Worker) - Anti-war
activist recently profiled on RTE's 'would you

* Eoin Dubsky (Refuelling Peace) - Anti-war activitst
currently being prosecuted for spray painting a US
military plane at Shannon airport

* Farah Mokhtare Izadeh - Activist against Iraqi
sanctions, recently returned from American "Voices in
the Wilderness" delegation to Iraq and Palestine

* Chekov Feeney - Dublin organising group for December
8th protest at Shannon Airport. 

The Dublin organising group for the Shannon protest is
also encouraging people to take part in the IAWM march
to the US embassy, on Saturday December 7th, assemble
at 2pm outside the Central Bank, Dame st. 

We have produced a number of leaflets and posters
advertising the various anti-war actions in the coming
weeks. We need help to put them up and distribute
them, so if you can lend a hand in
postering, or can take a few leaflets to distribute,
dsplease get in touch. Our next mass-postering will
take place on Tuesday, November 26th, meeting at 7pm
in the King's Inn pub, Bolton st.

All of your posters and leaflets are also available in
PDF format on the internet, for you to download and
print out. To see the full range of material, go to:

More info or for bus tickets for Shannon: Patrick
087-7939931 or ggantiwar@yahoo.com

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