IAWM TO PROTEST AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON’S DOCTORATE AWARD BY TCD

PROTEST AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON’S DOCTORATE AWARD BY TCD

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 21 JUNE 2018

The Irish Anti-war Movement is to protest tomorrow (Friday 22 June) against the visit and awarding of an honorary doctorate to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The joint protest, along with TCD Students for Justice in Palestine, will take place at the front entrance to Trinity College Dublin between 12-2pm on Friday 22 June.

The IAWM say that Hillary Clinton is not a woman of peace and is in fact an arch warmonger who supported the Bush / Blair war in Iraq, escalated the war in Afghanistan, and was one of the key instigators in the NATO bombing of Libya.

She openly supported Barack Obama’s increased use of drone warfare which led to multiple civilian deaths of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. The US based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that between January 2009 and the end of 2015, there were between 380 and 801 civilian casualties of US Drone warfare, for which Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton must be held responsible.

She has also unquestionably supported Israel’s war on the Palestinians. She increased US financial aid to Israel in 2013 from $2.5B to $3.1. She helped Israel build stronger defence forces including upgrading Patriot Missiles and the Iron Dome System. She refused to criticise Israel even after its forces had targetted the Jabilya refugee camp and a UN school in Gaza in 2014. She has vowed to fight against the Boycott Divestments Sandtions BDS movement.

She was one of the main instigators of the NATO bombing of Libya which completely destabilised the country, led to sectarian strife and caused the country to become the main conduit for refugees fleeing war and terror. She openly gloated at the killing of the Libyan President showing little remorse for the consequences of the NATO attacks on the country. As award-winning journalist John Pilger has noted: “Thanks largely to her, Libya became a breeding ground for ISIS and other jihadists. Thanks largely to her, tens of thousands of refugees fled in peril across the Mediterranean, and many drowned.”

WikiLeaks have leaked emails revealing that the Clinton Foundation - shared with her husband Bill – has received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two of the main funders of ISIS terrorism in the Middle East. As Secretary of State, Clinton also approved one of the biggest arms sales ever - worth $80 billion - to Saudi Arabia. These arms have been used with devastating effect to kill civilians in Yemen.

Jim Roche, PRO, Steering Committee IAWM noted:
“It is clear that Hilary Clinton has a blood stained legacy and it is no surprise that she is admired by yet another US mass murderer, Henry Kissinger, who has spoken fondly about all she has achieved as Secretary of State. The IAWM therefore is against the awarding by TCD of an honorary doctorate to someone who has caused so much death, destruction and misery through the proliferation of US and proxy wars abroad. We say she is not welcome in Ireland, should not receive this TCD award and that we oppose her hawkish warmongering efforts that do little except destabilise our fragile world.”

John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM added:
“The current barbarities of Donald Trump are no reason to forget or gloss over the atrocious record of Hillary Clinton. That is why we have just protested against Trump at the US Embassy today and we will protest against Hillary Clinton at TCD tomorrow.”

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Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 647 2737
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Michael Youlton, Chair, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 815 9487
Fatin Tamini, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 0267721
Memet Uludag, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 7919307
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Edward Horgan, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 851 9623
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