GALWAY ALLIANCE AGAINST WAR
TWO GALWAY PEACE ACTIVISTS TO FACE CHARGES
FOR SECURITY BREACH AT SHANNON
“The Law Is An Ass!”- GAAW
Two peace activists, Margaretta D’Arcy (78) and Niall Farrell (60), have received a letter each from the Gardai at Shannon stating the DPP is to press charges against them – “A summons will be issued at a future date.” Both D’Arcy and Farrell are members of the Galway Alliance Against War. On the 7thOctober last they went airside at Shannon airport and held a protest on the runway to mark the 11th anniversary of the start of the US and British invasion of Afghanistan. Since 2001 Shannon airport has proved to be an important hub in the US military’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Responding to the news that he and Margaretta D’Arcy are to be prosecuted, GAAW’s PRO Niall Farrell stated: “The law is an ass. Last Saturday 11 children were murdered in Afghanistan by the forces of occupation; killed by bombs and pilots that probably travelled freely through Shannon airport. The DPP is prosecuting the wrong people: Irish government leaders and previous government leaders should be on trial for being accessories to mass murder in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our protest was part of an international week of action to oppose killer drones, which along with other deadly weaponry and troops are transported daily through Shannon’s warport. Prosecuting us will not silence us, it will not prevent us from raising our voices in protesting against the death of Irish neutrality and this craven government’s role in the imperial wars of the 21stcentury.
Separately I have made a further complaint to the Garda Ombudsman in relation to a Garda raid on my home last June 7th, more than 10 months ago. A desktop computer and 2 dvds relating to GAAW peace activities seized that day have still n