Irish Anti War Movement

VIGIL FOR JULIAN ASSANGE AT DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, IVEAGH HOUSE, DUBLIN AT 1PM THIS SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER 2021

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) BULLETIN RELEASE – 02 December 2021

· VIGIL FOR JULIAN ASSANGE AT DEPT. OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, IVEAGH HOUSE, DUBLIN AT 1PM THIS SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER 2021

The IAWM is supporting the vigil for Julian Assange organised by Free Assange Ireland outside the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1pm this Saturday. Vigils have occurred at the Australian, British and US Embassies on preceding Saturdays.

The focus this Saturday is on Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney who activists are calling on to speak up for Julian Assange. The IAWM, along with several other anti-war and social justice groups in Ireland, has written an open letter to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby by all means necessary, including via Ireland’s current membership of the United Nations Security Council, the British and United States Governments, to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo...

Free Assange Ireland Facebook page is here – https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/

Julian Assange’s case is clearly a politically motivated one simply because he exposed US military and other war crimes, human rights abuses and corruption in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. His continued incarceration and threatened extradition to the US is a threat not only to him but to all journalists, editors and publishers, to the cause of investigative journalism, to press freedom and to freedom of speech generally. That is why the IAWM along with others are calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for Julian Assange and to use his influence to call for his immediate release.

Stop the War in Yemen Meeting Tues 7/12/2021 5:30pm

For seven years our countries have either actively supported or stood by in silence while the forgotten people of Yemen have endured and are still enduring unbearable suffering, their lives and their country being destroyed by a brutal war. Yemen is undergoing one of the largest humanitarian disasters in our time. Eighty percent of the population, or 24 million people, rely on aid and protection assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need. Children are dying on a daily basis from bombing or starvation - a recent report on RTE News claimed that 10,000 children had died in the war so far. The UN reports that more than two million children are malnourished, with one in two now suffering from stunted mental and physical growth because of food shortages.

There is still hope if the war stops now as a new UN Development Report (UNDP) notes: "War torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world, but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now." [Yemen recovery possible if war stops now: UNDP report | | UN News]

It is projected that 1.3 million lives will be lost if the war continues through 2030. Many of those deaths will not be due to fighting, but to the impacts of war on livelihoods, food prices, and the deterioration of health, education, and basic services. We cannot let this happen on our watch.

That is why it is urgent for us to ACT NOW, to do whatever we can to bring this war to an end as quickly as possible. Therefore, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is hosting a meeting of activists at 5.30pm on the 7th of December to organise a new campaign to End the War in Yemen.Our proposed plan is to use activities on the street on the the with a march on  12 or 19 February 2022 of   If you would like to be involved in or support this campaign, we urge you to attend or to send a representative of your group to this meeting.

We sincerely hope we can work together on a number of events that both raise awareness of and call for an immediate end to this horrific futile war.

The meeting details are included below.

In solidarity,

Steering Committee, IAWM

The Irish Anti-War Movement is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: End The War In Yemen

Time: Dec 7, 2021 05:30 PM Dublin

Contact person: Abdulaziz Almoayyad

Email: Z.almoayyad@gmail.com

Phone:00 353 83 4236662

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Mick Clifford: Jailing Assange would be a blow to democracy — and it may never recover: Mick Clifford, Irish Examiner, 271021

https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40729986.html

Large media organisations have referenced the injustice to which he is being subjected, but with nothing like the fervour that would apply were he a character one could empathise with. There have been no high-profile campaigns to put pressure on the US to drop the case or the UK to stand firm against his extradition.

Clare Daly made reference to the “noise” around Assange’s character on Saturday and she rightly pointed out that the charges against him have nothing to do with any of that. The charges are simply that he got his hands on classified US government material and published it.

That is called journalism and the US constitution places great store on freedom of the press, yet here they want to criminalise a journalist who isn’t even an American citizen. The objective is quite obviously to send out a message that journalists will be punished severely if they attempt to access classified information even when it is patently vital to the public interest of not just the American people but the world at large.

Vigil for Julian Assange at DÁIL EIREANN 5.30PM Today, Wed 27th Ocotober 2021

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 27 October 2021

VIGIL FOR JULIAN ASSANGE AT DÁIL EIREANN 5.30PM TODAY, 27 OCTOBER

MINISTER SIMON COVENEY MUST SPEAK UP FOR IMPRISONED JOURNALIST  

The Irish Anti War Movement, along with Free Assange Ireland and several other anti-war and social justice groups will hold a vigil at Dáil Eireann at 5.30pm this evening to call on the US Government to drop its appeal and on the British Government to release him immediately. We are also calling on Minister Simon Coveney to speak up for the journalist.

The vigil is called to coincide with the hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite Julian Assange to the USA which is taking place in London today and tomorrow. Solidarity events are taking place across the world in support of Julian Assange.

Today’s vigil is part of an awareness raising campaign in Ireland that includes an open letter sent to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney calling on him to lobby the British and United States Governments to release the campaigning Wikileaks editor and journalist.

The letter, now launched as an Uplift campaign, can be viewed and signed here – https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo...

The letter to Simon Coveney has been supported so far by many prominent Irish people including: former Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Christy Moore, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Rea, Eamonn Mc Cann, Dr. Harry Browne, Raymond Deane, Peader King, Trevor Joyce, John F. Deane, Honor Heffernan, Dr. Ronit Lentin, Prof. Ray Kinsella, Denis Halliday, Trevor Hogan and elected politicians Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace, Paul Gavan and Thomas Pringle.

Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:

"There is much confusion and lack of knowledge about the case of Julian Assange but it is quite simple. He is being punished by the US and British Governments simply because through his journalism he exposed their war crimes. This case is an assault against the right of journalists and editors to do their work and against the right of people to know the truth. It could set a devastating precedent for press freedom everywhere. That is why, in addition to our belief in Julian’s innocence and a concern for his deteriorating health, we are protesting and calling for his immediate release."

 

Contact:

Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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Events for Day of Soladarity with Julian Assange

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE – 23 October 2021

EVENTS AROUND IRELAND TO MARK IRISH DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH JULIAN
ASSANGE, TODAY SAT 23rd OCTOBER

The Irish Anti War Movement is joining Free Assange Ireland and many other groups to hold stalls and
vigils today in multiple locations throughout Ireland in solidarity with imprisoned journalist and Wikileaks
publisher Julian Assange.

This includes a rally at the GPO in Dublin at 1pm followed by a public meeting at 1.45pm with MEPs
Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday at the New
Theatre, Connolly Books, East Essex Street.
Free Assange Ireland link here - https://www.facebook.com/Free-Assange-Ireland-108045181097849/
The full list of solidarity events is:

ULSTER
ARMAGH, 74-76 Sraid na nGall, 1-2 pm
BELFAST CITY HALL, 1-2 pm
WEST BELFAST, Erection of Assange Solidarity Banner on site of Old RUC Andersonstown Barracks, 1-
2 pm
DERRY City, Guildhall Square outside famous public hall,1-2.30 pm
DONEGAL TOWN, Town Centre, 1-2.30pm
ENNISKILLEN – The Diamond, 11am-12 noon
MONAGHAN TOWN, Church Square, 1pm–2.30pm
OMAGH, Courthouse, High Street, 1-2.30 pm

CONNACHT
GALWAY CITY, Shop Street / Mainguard Street Junction, 1pm-2.30pm
CASTLEBAR, Market Square, 1pm-2.30pm
SLIGO Town, O’Connell Street / Topergal Lane,

MUNSTER
CORK city, Library Grand Parade, 1-2pm
ENNIS, O’Connell Statue,1-2pm
NENAGH, Co Tipperary
LIMERICK City, Thomas St 1-2.30pm

LEINSTER
ATHLONE, Castle, 12 Noon
CARLOW, Town Centre 1-2pm
DUBLIN, GPO & Larkin Statue, 1.00-2.00pm
DUBLIN MEETING, New Theatre/Connolly Books
Speakers: Clare Daly, Mick Wallace, Denis Halliday and Peadar King 1.45pm
WEXFORD Town Centre 1-2pm

The hearing of the appeal by the US Government against the decision of a British Court not to extradite
Julian Assange to the USA will be held on 27th and 28th October. The solidarity events this Saturday are
part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Julian Assange and to call for his immediate
release from prison.

The awareness campaign here in Ireland includes a letter sent to Minister Simon Coveney by various
groups, asking him to speak up for the imprisoned journalist and publisher. The letter can be read and
signed here - https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ask-minister-simon-coveney-to-speak-up-fo...
Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM said:
“This is such an important case, not just for Julian Assange himself but for the cause of investigative
journalism and press freedom. Julian is effectively a political prisoner and is being punished by the
United States and Britain simply because he exposed their war crimes and corruption. That is why we
are calling for defenders of human rights everywhere, including within the Irish Government, to speak out
and call for Julian’s release.“

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456

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