IAWM PRESS RELEASE 18 OCTOBER 2016
IAWM PROTEST AT DÁIL EIREANN RE SYRIA – STOP THE BOMBING
WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER from 5.30PM.
• STOP THE BOMBING - CEASEFIRE NOW!
• HUMANITARIAN AID - NOT BOMBS
• ALL FOREIGN MILITARY OUT OF SYRIA
• LET THE REFUGEES IN
The IAWM will hold a rally this Wednesday at 5.30pm at Dáil Eireann in solidarity with the people of Syria, to call for the bombing to stop and for the Irish Government to end its silence on the issue. There will be Irish and Syrian speakers.
The IAWM condemns the continued bombardment of Aleppo, and other Syrian centres of resistance, by Russian and Syrian army forces.
We equally condemn the continued bombing, logistical support, arming of rebels, etc. by the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey et al. The recent ceasefire was broken by the killing of over sixty Syrian soldiers by a US air strike, possibly with British involvement.
The Syrian people are being sacrificed by a struggle between world (Russia and the US mainly) and regional powers in a geopolitical sandwich in what looks like becoming an imperial carve up of their country fuelled by an obscene multi-national arms industry with its insatiable demands for increased profits.
The IAWM says: STOP THIS WAR NOW!
Stop the bombing of Aleppo. Agree an immediate and permanent ceasefire. Open the channels for humanitarian aid to assist the besieged, starving and dying people of Syria. Let those refugees who are fleeing this carnage come to the west for sanctuary if they wish to. Stop flooding the region with arms. All foreign militaries should announce their intentions to get out of Syria.
A peaceful context must be created in Syria which will allow Syrians to decide their own future. This cannot happen while western, Russian and regional powers are competing for dominance while shamelessly killing Syrians and flooding the region with arms.
We call on the Irish Government to end its silence and to condemn the atrocities and geo-political military contest that is being played out in Syria by world and regional powers. Taoiseach Enda Kenny should call in the Ambassadors of both Russia and the US and tell them to stop this war. He should cease the facility to the US Military at Shannon Airport, an act alone that would send a powerful message to western powers that we are sick of their perpetual warfare.
Attack on Mosul
We condemn also the recent commencement of the western supported assault on Mosul in Iraq in which both US and UK warplanes will be used for air strikes. Much as we all wish to see an end to Da’esh this escalation of war will mean more aerial bombardment of civilians, will not help to bring about peace and stability in Iraq and is instead, as the UN have warned, in danger of creating a grave humanitarian crisis.
For info contact:
John Molyneux, Secretary IAWM; Tel. 085 7356424
Jim Roche, PRO IAWM: Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair IAWM: 086 8159487
Memet Uludag: Tel. 087 7919307
Ed Horgan: Tel. 085 8519623
For more information on the IAWM see:
Website - www.irishantiwar.org
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