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IAWM RALLY FOR REFUGEES AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5.30PM. THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015.

IAWM Press Statement, 22 September 2015

Irish Anti-War Movement Public Rally

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5.30PM. THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015.

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN! NO TO FORTRESS EUROPE.

END THE WESTERN-LED WARS AND PLUNDER THAT CAUSE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

See link to poster on FB here - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153304735858347&set=gm.1146074342082252&type=1&theater

As Irish politicans return to the Dáil this week the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is holding a public rally this Thursday at 5.30pm at the EU Offices in Dawson Street Dublin to highlight the plight of refugees fleeing war, the complete innadequacy of the EU Governments’ response and the fact that many EU Governments are actively engaged in the wars that are causing the refugee crisis in the first place.
While Governments prevaricate and now even those countries previously willing are sealing the borders, the desperate refugees fleeing wars in the middle east need our help more than ever. This is an era-defining moment and it needs clear, open, honest organisation to solve it.

Governments should stop sitting on the fences or playing to their xenophobic galleries and welcome the generous response by ordinary citizens throughout Europe, including here in Ireland. Those people and organisations must be allowed to be part of the organised solution.

REFUGEE CRISIS - PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5.30PM. THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015.

IAWM Press Statement, 18 September 2015

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5.30PM. THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015.

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR - LET THEM IN!

STOP THE WARS FUELING THE REFUGEE CRISIS

The Irish Anti-War Movement announced today that it will hold a protest at the EU Offices next Thursday evening at 5.30pm in relation to the ongoing refugee crisis.

The statement noted:

IAWM SUPPORTS UNITED AGAINST RACISM PROTEST FOR REFUGEES THIS SATURDAY

IAWM Press Statement, 08 September 2015

IAWM SUPPORTS UNITED AGAINST RACISM PROTEST THIS SATURDAY

Public Demo: Call on the Irish government to take in more refugees

12 September 2015 | 14:00 | Saturday | The Spire, Dublin | 14:00

Organised by United Against Racism

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

END THE WESTERN-LED WARS AND PLUNDER THAT CAUSE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

The Irish Anti-War Movement is supporting the public rally in solidarity with refugees organised by United Against Racism this Saturday in Dublin.

Memet Uludag of both United against Racism and the IAWM said:

“For too long and too many times the European governments have been engaged in a number game and racing to the bottom - in competition with each other - in terms of who should take the least possible number of refugees.

Since end - 2014, there have been many things presented to us as the cause of the refugees coming to Europe.

It was the ‘summer season and the calm seas’, or ‘the smugglers’, or ‘the pull factor of rescue operation’ (as supposed to the push factors of war and death etc.) or the EU-neighbouring governments not stopping refugees from entering Europe. In fact none of these were the actual causes of the refugee crisis.

Our immediate duty should be to demand that our government must do more, a lot more. The numbers game should stop and the European Union (in a united fashion) but also individual countries, should do the right thing before it’s really too late for thousands of innocent people.

We are calling on the EU to open borders and welcome the refugees.

No more refugee deaths, no more delays.

No more Fortress Europe. No more racist refugee policies.

PROTEST AT EU OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. TODAY THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015. REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

IAWM Press Statement, 27 August 2015

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. TODAY THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015.

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

END THE WESTERN-LED WARS AND PLUNDER THAT CAUSE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Speakers include:
Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist Party
Cllr. Brid Smith, People before Profit
Cllr. Sarah Holland, Sein Féin, Mayor of South Dublin County Council
Rev. Patrick Comerford, President Irish CND
Caoimhe Butterly, Anti Racist Network
Representative from Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre KRAC
Memet Uludag, IAWM (audio link from island of Kos, Greece)
A Syrian refugee

“The huge investment in war and the arms industry by the US and EU should be diverted to assist a formal programme of organised assistance and settlement of refugees throughout Europe, an Irish Anti-War Statement noted today.

The organisation is holding a protest at 5pm this Thursday evening, 27 August, at the EU Offices on Dawson Street in Dublin to highlight the plight of the war-weary refugees and the shameful response of the EU to the crisis.

The IAWM statement claimed that the UN has noted that the overwhelming majority of people are refugees fleeing from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and beyond. All of these countries have been devastated by wars in which western imperial powers have played a central role. The Irish Government has supported these wars by facilitating the US Military at Shannon Airport and through involvement in the NATO-led ISAF in Afghanistan, the statement noted.

Memet Uludag, IAWM Steering Committee member, speaking from the Greek island of Kos said:

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015

IAWM Press Statement, 24 August 2015

PROTEST AT EU COMMISSION AND PARLIAMENT OFFICES, DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN, 5PM. THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2015.

REFUGEES ARE VICTIMS OF WAR – LET THEM IN!

END THE WESTERN-LED WARS AND PLUNDER THAT CAUSE THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Speakers include:
Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist Party
Cllr. Brid Smith, People before Profit
Cllr. Sarah Holland, Sein Féin, Mayor of South Dublin County Council
Rev. Patrick Comerford, President Irish CND
Caoimhe Butterly, Anti Racist Network
Representative from Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre KRAC
Memet Uludag, IAWM (audio link from island of Kos, Greece)
A Syrian refugee

In a statement issued today the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) notes it has called a protest at 5pm this Thursday evening at the EU Offices on Dawson Street, Dublin to highlight the inadequate response of the EU to the humanitarian refugee crisis.

The IAWM statement claimed that the UN has noted that the overwhelming majority of people are refugees fleeing from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and beyond. All of these countries have been devastated by wars in which western imperial countries have played a central role.

Memet Uludag, IAWM Steering Committee member, speaking from the Greek island of Kos said:
“The conditions of refugees in Kos is very difficult. Hundreds of families, children, young-old people are sleeping rough on the streets while waiting for their papers to go to mainland Greece and beyond. The atmosphere at the central police centre is very tense. Refugees are processed very slowly and there are regular moments of protests against the police. The police is extremely harsh towards refugees.

UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES REGARDING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI ATOMIC BOMBINGS

UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES REGARDING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI BOMBINGS

Sir,

It beggars belief that some people still try to defend the indefensible atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Letters, 07 and 10 August).

Extensive scholarship, primarily from the US, ably demonstrates that the Japanese leadership wanted to surrender and had, through various avenues, sued for peace. Much of the US military knew this. General Dwight Eisenhower said, ‘Japan was at that very moment seeking some way to surrender with minimum loss of face. It was not necessary to hit them with that awful thing.’ Two days before the Yalta Conference in January 1945 and seven months before the bombings, General Douglas Mac Arthur presented a 40-page report to President Roosevelt outlining the Japanese peace proposals.

But the US politicians thought differently. Roosevelt dismissed Mac Arthur’s recommendations with the remark, “MacArthur is our greatest general and our poorest politician.” Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson described the atom bomb as the ‘master card’ in US diplomacy towards the Soviet Union. Churchill and Roosevelt had decided as early as September 1944 that the new deadly weapon should be tested on Japan and that their ally, the Soviet Union, should not be informed before its use. They derided the efforts of eminent atomic scientist Niels Bohr who attempted to convince them to share the knowledge openly with their allies if only to prevent a post-war arms race. This gives the lie to the propaganda version that the decision about bombing was taking in extremis to force surrender.

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