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Renewed Interest in Act of Sabotage at Shannon Airport

category galway | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Thursday June 07, 2012 18:03author by Shannonwatch Report this post to the editors

This morning Gardai searched the home of Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) PRO, Niall Farrell, in relation to a peaceful act of sabotage on a US troop transporter at Shannon on the morning of 20th December 2011. At the time GAAW had received a handwritten communication from one of the members of the Peace Team involved in the action, and it would seem that this was the basis for the Gardai’s search.

Gardai spent over three hours at Mr. Farrell’s house at the end of which they took all his computers away.

At the time of the act of sabotage GAAW reported that it was an expression of the disgust of the people who undertook it at the role of successive Irish Governments being accessories to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to torture. The letter they received from one of the team involved said “Our first priority in this peace action was to prevent harm coming to anyone: preventing injury and death to the Afghani people by disrupting the flow of foreign soldiers into their country; preventing harm to the people working at Shannon warport and preventing harm to US troops by preventing the plane from transporting them to their deaths.”

The letter went on to say “Shannon warport is intrinsically linked to so-called extraordinary rendition. The leaders of Fianna Fail, the former Progressive Democrats, the Greens and now Fine Gael and the Labour Party have blood on their hands.”

At the time the peace action got very little media attention. The consequences of the action in terms of the US military use of Shannon, or the level of investigation undertaken at the time, are therefore not known. Equally, GAAW do not know why their PRO is now being subjected to Garda investigation.

GAAW have worked with many organisations and groups over the years to oppose the US military use of Shannon. One organisation in particular that they have worked with is the Labour Party. In a statement today Mr Farrell said “It is baffling to think that I am now the subject of Garda investigation for reporting on a peaceful action at Shannon while they sit in a government that facilitates war crimes by the US military in Afghanistan”.

GAAW members will attend a peaceful vigil at Shannon next Sunday (10 June) to continue their ongoing opposition to the US military presence there

Related Link: http://www.shannonwatch.org/blog/report-peaceful-act-sa...annon
author by leftypublication date Thu Jun 07, 2012 19:15Report this post to the editors

The US government are making preparations to go into Syria and Iran.

They probably want to send a chilling message to anti war activists to help make sure they don't interfere with military activities on the Irish aircraft carrier during operations there.

A servile Irish government is only too happy to oblige in wasting taxpayer money harassing peaceful activists while colluding with the agenda of imperialist warmongers and killers. Gilmore probably got the word to do something to chill anti war activities while he was reporting to the US embassy on details of meetings with european leaders. Y'know, the stuff they won't even reveal in the parliament to other elected TD's

I'm certain closing the Iranian embassy was on a political poodle diktat from the US embassy too. We had a 70 million trade surplus with Iran.

author by opus diablos - the regressive hypocrite partypublication date Sat Jun 09, 2012 14:09Report this post to the editors

..the PNAC(Project for a New American Century)is moving on all fronts and theatres simultaneously


PNAC is the 'Thousand Year Reich' under a stars n stripes instead of a swastika...militarised coporate state imperial racism..but then Adolf found it hard to fathom how his WASP cousins refused to join his goosestep...after all he was only playing their great game..and his main target was those awkward red flies in the capitalist ointment....he expected his Teutonic brethren to accept the newly industrialised German fresh kid on the block into the club...most upset at their refusal to share the spoils 'fairly'.

But their ok now..they've learned their proper place, slotted into the NATO heirarchy...but below the Anglo/US capo di capi...'scuse my Sicilian.

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