Irish Anti-War Movement Activist Meeting

03/12/2015 - 18:30
03/12/2015 - 20:00

The Irish Anti-War movement, in solidarity with other anti-war events in the UK, France and elsewhere, is assembling outside the Dail on Thursday December 10th to demand of this government that it upholds Irish neutrality, refuses to facilitate, or participate in, the bombing of Syria, calls for an immediate ceasefire and withdraws permission to use Shannon by the US military.

To prepare for this and future anti-war activities, there will be a meeting on Thursday December 3rd, at 6.30 in the Teachers Club, at 37 Parnell Square, Dublin . All welcome.

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NO MORE BOMBING OF SYRIA - CEASEFIRE NOW!

END ARMS SALES NOW - STOP PROFITEERING FROM WARS

RESTORE IRISH NEUTRALITY - US MILITARY OUT OF SHANNON

NO MORE WESTERN WARS IN MIDDLE EAST

Ireland should play no part in the current war frenzy. The claim that bombing will destroy Daesh (Islamic State) is patently false. Bombs are one of the main reasons why we are facing terrorism in the first place. Bombs predominantly kill innocent people and thus help to draw people towards Daesh both in the region and in the suburbs of European cities, where discrimination, racism and disaffection further fuels hatred of Western governments. The political vacuum left from the bombing of Iraq, which killed up to a million people, has been filled by the horror of Daesh. To repeat the same mistake now simply makes no sense.

The Irish Government has said it will provide assistance to France. It has invoked Article 42, section 7 of the Lisbon Treaty which says that if an EU member state is the victim of armed aggression, the other member states will be obliged to come to its aid ‘by all the means in their power’. Irish Defence Minister Simon Coveney has given his full support for this. He has also said that Irish Defence Forces could take more of a role in Mali to free up French troops for their war on Daesh. This pulls Ireland in to the new war frenzy and is exactly what anti-war activists warned against during the Lisbon Treaty.

Meanwhile, Shannon continues to be used by US troops. Approximately 1,000 U.S. troops are now on the ground in Iraq, with more on their way. 2.25 million troops have passed through Shannon since 2002, which makes it a vital link in the US war on terror. Yet the role of Shannon as a military airport continues to be denied by the Irish government.

The Irish Anti-War movement, in solidarity with other anti-war events in the UK, France and elsewhere, is assembling outside the Dail on Thursday December 10th to demand of this government that it upholds Irish neutrality, refuses to facilitate, or participate in, the bombing of Syria, calls for an immediate ceasefire and withdraws permission to use Shannon by the US military.

To prepare for this and future anti-war activities, there will be a meeting on Thursday December 3rd, at 6.30 in the Teachers Club, at 37 Parnell Square, Dublin . All welcome.