Press-Release

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO HOLD PROTEST AT EGYPTIAN EMBASSY IN SOLIDARITY WITH DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS

Press Release - Jan 27th

The Irish Anti War-Movement is holding a picket of the Egyptian Embassy, Clyde Road. Ballsbridge. Dublin 4, at 2.30pm on Friday 28th January in solidarity with protesters in Egypt, demanding democracy and an end to the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak.

The Dublin protest was called following yesterday's events in Egypt, where tens of thousands of protestors calling for the resignation of President Murbarak have been met with tear gas, killings and imprisonment. Protesters who jammed Cairo's huge Tahrir Square yesterday participated in the biggest political demonstration seen in the Egyptian capital in more than 30 years.

The Irish Anti War movement has condemned the killing of at least five people by Egyptian state's security forces and the imprisonmemt of hundreds of pro-democracy protesters.

The Dublin protest will coincide with massive protests on the same day planned in Egypt itself and in a host of other countries across the region.

IAWM Chairperson, Richard Boyd Barrett said:

People's Revolt in Middle East Champions Real Democracy and Exposes Western Double Standards

LEAKS EXPOSE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT Press Release - January 26, 2011

In a statement, the Irish Anti-War Movement has commended the people of the Middle East for rising up against their authoritarian governments, for demanding democracy and social equality.

In an act of sacrifice and determination the people of Tunisia rose in unison to call for an end to unemployment, poverty and media censorship. They have managed to topple the dictator, Ben Ali, and continue struggling to purge those members of the old regime still clinging to power. That revolution has encouraged mass protests in Jordan, Algeria and Egypt where people are no longer willing to put up with joblessness, poverty and dictatorial regimes.

Irish Government Ministers Complicity in Torture

Irish Government Ministers Complicity in Torture

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) expressed its concern and outrage today at information concerning former Foreign Minister Dermott Ahern’s meeting with former US Ambassador Foley in 2007. The information, which is revealed in a released Wikileak’s cable relates to the Irish Human Rights Commission's (IHRC) demand that the Irish Government inspect aircraft landing at Shannon Airport that were alleged to have been involved in so-called extraordinary rendition flights for movement of prisoners to Guantanamo and elsewhere, where many of them were tortured.

The leaked cable reveals that at a reported meeting between Ahern and Foley, Ahern had "seemed quite convinced" that the United States had operated "at least three flights involving [prisoner] renditions" through the airport, before or after conducting renditions elsewhere."

Irish Government Ministers Complicity in Torture

The Irish Anti-War Movement express their concern and outrage at information concerning former Foreign Minister Dermott Ahern’s meeting with former US Ambassador Foley in 2007. The information which is revealed in a released Wikileaks cable relates to the use of Shannon airport for rendition of prisoners to Guantanamo and elsewhere, where many of them were tortured.

In a reported meeting, Ahern had been "quite convinced" that the United States had operated "at least three flights involving [prisoner] renditions" through the airport, stopping there to refuel before traveling back to the United States. Yet Dermot Ahern, Brian Cowen, and Bertie Ahern were all happy to publicly declare that they accepted the word of the United States Government that no such flights had occurred. In so doing, it is likely they have been guilty of knowingly misinforming the Irish people, given that they either knew or should have known that Shannon airport was used extensively to refuel CIA and other rendition flights.

IAWM calls on public to support Irish Ship to Gaza

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT Press Release - Aug 30th

ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT CALLS ON IRISH PUBLIC TO ASSIST IN BREAKING THE OBSECENITY OF GAZA SIEGE.

At a press conference today (Aug 30th) at 11am in the Gresham Hotel, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) joined a range of other organisations in committing itself to the campaign to raise funds to send an Irish ship on a second international aid flotilla due to sail for Gaza in late October or early November.

The IAWM are part of a recently established coalition of anti-war and Palestine solidarity organisations - Irish Ship to Gaza - that will be raising funds over the coming weeks with the aim of purchasing a ship to join the second international flotilla.

The IAWM believe the four year long Israeli siege represents a "criminal and barbaric aggression" against the 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza that must be challenged by the International community until Israel is forced to dismantle it.

The IAWM committed itself to a major national mobilisation over the coming weeks behind the fundraising campaign for an Irish Ship to Gaza, and appealed to the Irish public to support the campaign as a "vital act of humanitarian solidarity with the beleaguered and suffering people of Gaza."

Claudia Saba, a Palestinian and member of the steering committee of the IAWM said:

Launch of Irish Ship to Gaza fundraising campaign on Monday

PRESS RELEASE, 26/8/10

EVENT NOTICE FOR PRESS CONFERENCE

Launch of Irish Ship to Gaza fundraising campaign on Monday

A press conference will be held in central Dublin on Monday to launch the broad-based Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign, which is aiming to raise funds to buy an Irish ship to participate in the Second Freedom Flotilla. 

Preparations are well underway internationally for the Second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, which is being organised by the same groups who were behind the Freedom Flotilla in late May: the Free Gaza Movement, IHH (Turkey) and the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza. 

Between 10 and 15 ships are expected to take part in the flotilla and a coalition of Irish pro-Palestinian organisations - from both north and south - has now come together to ensure that a large Irish contingent and an Irish ship participates in this effort to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. The flotilla will include cargo vessels but the primary aim is to break the siege. The flotilla organisers see the ending of the siege of Gaza as a short-term objective.

The organisations affiliated to the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign will be represented at Monday's press conference, where plans for Irish participation in this international effort will be outlined. Irish participants from the previous flotilla will also be in attendance to support the campaign.

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