PROTEST AGAINST TRUMP - THE RACIST, SEXIST WARMONGER!

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 04 JUNE 2019

• PROTEST AGAINST TRUMP - THE RACIST, SEXIST WARMONGER!

The Irish Anti-war Movement opposes the visit to Ireland by US President Donald Trump for many reasons but primarily because he is currently the world’s top warmonger. The IAWM is calling on all Irish people who oppose war and racism to protest vigorously during his visit here. We call on those who wish to show their disdain with Trump to join the peace camp in Shannon Airport and the protests happening elsewhere this week including at the Spire in Dublin on Thursday evening, 6 June.

Donald Trump has escalated US militarism abroad, thus making the world a more dangerous place. One of his first actions after being elected was to massively increase US defence spending, money that could be used to alleviate the hardship endured by so many poor Americans.

He gloated at the dropping of the ‘mother of all bombs’ on Afghanistan, which was an empty, ultra-violent gesture that caused many deaths and much environmental damage but had little impact on the Taliban. He continues to send US troops to the USA’s longest running war ever in that country.

He has trampled on the democratic protections built into the American constitution. He has sought to obstruct the will of Congress to stop supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and to go around them illegally to build his border wall.

He oversaw one of the most ferocious military bombardments of the war in Syria – that of the almost total destruction of the city of Raqqa - thus helping to prolong the immense suffering of the Syrian people.

His provocative moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem gave the green light to Israel for yet further suppression of the Palestinians and instigated the killing of over 60 Palestinian civilians in one day at the border in Gaza on 15 May 2018.

IRISH GREEN PARTY AND USE OF SHANNON AIRPORT BY US MILITARY

UNPUBLISHED LETTER SENT TO ALL IRISH BROADSHEETS

Sir,

the Green Party is to be congratulated on its electoral success.

However one wonders will it continue to support the use of Shannon Airport by the US Military as it did in 2007 when it joined a Fianna Fáil led Government, despite all the then Green candidates having signed the Irish Anti-War Movement’s pledge that they would not do so. This was a shocking betrayal back then which was one of the reasons that caused principled and progressive members of the Greens to leave the party.

Given the horrific environmental damage, apart from the immense human suffering, that the US-led wars in the Middle East have cost it has to be hoped that the younger members of the Green Party can persuade the older leaders to stop supporting Ireland's complicity in imperial wars abroad.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

Tel: 087 6472737

JULIAN ASSANGE SHOULD NOT BE EXTRADITED TO THE USA

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE: 12 APRIL 2019

JULIAN ASSANGE SHOULD NOT BE EXTRADITED TO THE USA

The IAWM condemns the arrest in London yesterday of the WikiLeaks founder and whistle blower Julian Assange.

Julian Assange has been effectively incarcerated in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner noted in 2016, that his “Arbitrary Detention should be brought to an end and that Mr. Assange should be afforded the right to compensation”.

It is clear his incarceration took a sinister turn in late 2018 due to pressure by the US Government on the new government of Ecuador to take away his last liberties.

If he is extradited to the US, he could be jailed for espionage for up to 45 years. Some US politicians have even called for him to be assassinated. His extradition, if it happens, will also weaken the right of journalists to investigate and expose war crimes.

The IAWM supports the Free Julian Assange Campaign and we call on Irish politicians to support the call for his release.

Jim Roche PRO of the IAWM said:

“Julian Assange has greatly served the cause of anti-war activism and the struggle for world peace by releasing footage and documents exposing some of the atrocities carried out by the US military and others in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, wars that were illegal, immoral and that caused untold sufferings to millions of people in those countries. He stands in that great anti-war tradition of whistle blowing on the machinations of war mongering governments and a secretive, egregious military industrial complex. The Irish Government should not support his extradition to the US and should speak out for the right of journalists to investigate and expose the kind of facts that Wikileaks brought to light.”

END

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424

JULIAN ASSANGE FACES EXTRADITION TO THE US

JULIAN ASSANGE MAY BE OUSTED FROM EMBASSY

ARRESTS AT SHANNON WAR PORT AND CHRISTCHURCH MURDERS

IAWM BULLETIN 25 MARCH 2019

In this bulletin:
• PUNISHMENT WITHOUT TRIAL - two US Veterans for Peace arrested at Shannon Warport
• IAWM STATEMENT ON CHRISTCHURCH MURDERS
• ANTI-WAR LETTERS TO MEDIA
• DONATING TO THE IAWM

1. PUNISHMENT WITHOUT TRIAL -
Press Statement
Two US Veterans For Peace refused Bail at Ennis District Court
Monday 18 March
Charged with Trespass and causing Criminal Damage at Shannon airport
2. A group of seven US Veterans for Peace took part in protest against US Military Base at Shannon airport on Sunday March 17th.
WHY? Up to one million [1,000,000] children have died due to US-led wars in the Middle East since 1991
3. An OMNI Air International plane, tail number N351AX, on contract to the US military had arrived at Shannon Airport about 8.30 a.m. from Eielson US air force base in Faribanks Alaska, most likely on its way to the Middle East with up to 300 armed US troops.
At about 10 am US Veterans For Peace Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, entered Shannon air field for the purpose of inspecting and investigating this aircraft which they believed to be carrying up to 300 armed US troops through Shannon airport. They were carrying a large banner that said:
U.S. Veterans say
Respect Irish Neutrality
U.S. War Machine out of Shannon Airport
Veterans For Peace
The two peace activists walked across the air field with the intent of inspecting it for weapons or munitions before being apprehended by airport security and Gardai. There were detained and interviewed at Shannon Garda station until about 6pm and then their period of detention was extended for a further six hours. At about 9.30 pm they were allowed to call Ellen Davidson and they informed her that their period of detention was being extended overnight and that they were being brought Ennis Court on Monday 18 March at 10 am to face charges of trespass and criminal damage.

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