Solidarity With The 'SHANNON Two' Us War Veterans For Peace

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 27 APRIL 2022

  • SOLIDARITY WITH THE 'SHANNON TWO' US WAR VETERANS FOR PEACE
  • RESPECT IRISH NEUTRALITY
  • CLOSE THE SHANNON WAR PORT

Shannon Two

The IAWM expresses solidarity and support for the two elderly US war veterans and members of Veterans for Peace who are on trial this week at the Circuit Criminal Court, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 for trying to search US war planes at Shannon Airport on St. Patrick’s Day 2019. The two war veterans spent two weeks in an Irish prison after being arrested and then spent eight months in Ireland as their passports were confiscated.

Tarak Kauff and Kenneth Mayers are charged with criminal damage, trespass, and interfering with airport operations and safety. They have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The case continues from 11am today at the Circuit Criminal Court, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:

“When Tarak and Ken entered Shannon airport they carried a banner that read, “U.S. Military Veterans Say: Respect Irish Neutrality; U.S. War Machine Out of Shannon.” This was an incredibly brave action by these two elderly US peace veterans. Successive Irish Governments have allowed Shannon Airport to be used by the US Military for the last 19 years where over two million armed US troops have been allowed to stop over on their way to illegal and immoral wars in the middle east and elsewhere, wars that breach international law and the UN Charter. There is also evidence of flights used in the illegal extraordinary rendition programme been allowed to stop at Shannon. We commend the actions of Tarak and Ken and we call for their acquittal on all charges.

Tarak and Ken’s highlighting of the breach of Ireland’s Neutrality by the Irish Government and the US Military is welcome and very prescient given the current move by some within the Irish Government to negate this noble peaceful policy due to Russia’s war on Ukraine. The Irish Government should be using our neutral position to urge all parties to work towards diplomacy, peace and a negotiated settlement and to prevent any further escalation of the conflict.”

Contact:

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737

Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821

John Molyneux, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 0857356424

Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487

Mark Price, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 3454332

Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

 

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