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(en) Shannon Solidarity-Resistance/AF Ireland

From Al S? <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Wed, 19 Mar 2003 21:18:08 +0100 (CET)

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A total of 18 people are currently facing prosecution
out of the October and March mass direct actions at
Shannon airport.
In addition 5 people are in the courts out of the
Catholic Worker/Ploughshares autonomous action, and 4
of them are in Limerick prison. Also Mark Kelly is
facing charges for taking a hammer to a U.S. military
transport plane.

Write to the prisoners:
Deirdre Clancy
Karen Fallon
Damien Moran
Nuin Dunlop
c/o 210 Le Fanu Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, Ireland
(write to each prisoner individually)

Donate to the Ploughshares Defense Fund by making
cheques payable to "Peace and Reconciliation"

c/o Ploughshares
134 Phibsborough Rd. Dublin 7 Ireland.

Donate to the 18 mass direct action defendants:
Cheques can be made out to Shannon Solidarity, and
sent to Shannon Solidarity c/o Ecology Society,
Students Centre, NUIG, Newcastle, Galway.

Or money can be sent to the Bank of Ireland in NUIG,
Newcastle, Galway, Account Number 89174196, Sort Code
904018, Account Name Shannon Solidarity.
Send a message of support to Mary Kelly
c/o Shannon Peace House,
19, Inis Ealga
Co. Clare

Further Information:

One of the defendants, Galway based Scottish writer,
Rab Fulton, comments:

?Our arrests bring up to 50 the amount of people
arrested whilst using civil disobedience to try and
highlight and stop Irish involvement in
Anglo/American war crimes.

The difficulty for us all is that the government has
put out a revisionist view of civil disobedience: it
is something apparently that is only carried out by
extremists and people desiring violence. There is of
course no proof to back up such ridiculous claims. But
the government assertion has been widely accepted by
large sections of the media and political classes.

It is disquieting to hear such distortions being so
readily accepted. We who are involved in civil
disobedience talk of the African Americans in
Montgomery Alabama, the children strikers of Soweto,
Gandhi, green ham common, the smashing of the Berlin
wall, the actions of Greenpeace. Violence has never
been a part of our discourse. Yet the government is
getting away with this frightening re-interpretation
of what civil disobedience is. It means that the
number of arrests, the seriousness of the charges
brought, and levels of punishments handed out are
increasing without any public debate on the matter.
Meanwhile of course, the planned execution of tens of
thousands of Iraqis, goes completely unpunished.?


An edited version of the above article appears in the
current edition of Resistance#21, regular monthly
bulletin of the Anarchist Federation.

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