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A chronology of arrests etc at Shannon warport

category national | miscellaneous | news report author Monday March 10, 2003 15:23author by Joe - GNAW Report this post to the editors

The Irish people don't want war planes refuelled at Shannon but these latest charges bring to 44 or so the number who are being victimised for trying to stop refuelling. Bail conditions/convictions have excluded most of these people from the entire of county Clare. Details of protests on that date follow.

By my count the following have been arrested, charged or convicted for taking direct action at Shannon. If you are aware of further arrests please add details using the comment button.

Sat 15th December 2001
One person gets over fence, two arrested after planes starts unloading US troops in full view

Sat 17 Aug, 2002
Gardai try and deny access to airport but we push past them. One person gets over fence and is arrested

Sept 4th 2002
Eoin Dubsky enters airfield and spray paints anti-war slogans on Hercules C130. Arrested and released on bail. In Feb 2003 convicted, fined 1000 Euro, suspended sentence and banned from Co. Clare.

Sat 12 Oct 2002
150 penetrate fence in first mass action, 10 are arrested (these are the 10 above) but after road is blocked other protesters assured they will not be charged.

Sun 8th Dec 2002
First GNAW demo, one arrest and several have names taken (may yet be charged?)

Sat Jan 18 2003
Roof top occupied and attempt made to get into hangers. No arrest but 6 people have their details taken (may yet be charged?)

Wed Jan 29 2003
Mary Kelly enters airfield and damages US Navy jet. Arrested and imprisoned, later released on bail

Mon Feb 3 2005
Five members of Catholic Worker enter hanger and damage US Navy jet. All arrested and imprisoned. Four are still in prison

Fri Feb 7th
Troop carying World Airlines pulls out of Shannon

Feb 25
GNAW makes public plans for mass civil disobidence at Shannon on March 1st

Feb 26 2003
Two more troop carrying airlines pull out of Shannon leaving just one. They cite 'security concerns'.

Sat March 1st 2003
300+ attempt to remove fence as part of GNAW publicised direct action (Also 800 strong IAWM march same day). 10 arrests

author by Joepublication date Mon Mar 10, 2003 15:28Report this post to the editors

Sometime around Feb 24 2003
Three Galway students are reported arrested at Shannon for 'Gathering information'. Rumors that their houses are later raided by the secret police (aka Special Branch). Also at least one earlier case of TV crew having names taken (charges may follow?)

author by Eamonn Cruddenpublication date Mon Mar 10, 2003 15:45Report this post to the editors

....during the mass break through of fence.

He guarantees that the 10 or so will be released without charge but emphasises repeatedly that file will be sent to the DPP and that charges may be brought at a later date . . .

author by chief tom hanleypublication date Mon Mar 10, 2003 17:03Report this post to the editors

early november one of the plane spotters was arrested (wrongfully) by the airport police.after having being ejected out of the airport he and a observer walked down to the cargo gate to see if a world airlines had taken off to (enter in his log) airport police chief tom hanley made a run for them and grabbed the planespotters camera(to see what type of film he was using)and started to twist the flash gun form the camera.two more airport police and emergency services(apes)grabed the plane spotter and bungled in to a car and was taken down to the shannon guarda station and was released under caution but his camera and film was kept.the camera was returned a few days later and a statment was made against the apes chief hanley at shannon guarda station.two weeks later the plane spotter was told that the charges were dropped against him and the dpp wouldnt be bringing the apes chief to court over the assault charge made against him.trade off it might be but the plane spotter has three years to bring a civil suit against the apes chief tom hanley,mind you the dpp can bring the planespotter to court anytime this side of 2010.dont you just love the states justice!

author by Dominicpublication date Tue Mar 11, 2003 03:22Report this post to the editors

All very exciting, isn't it? What a thrill it is to have the opportunity to live under an oppressive regime.

Grow up, you're just a bunch of kids playing at being freedom fighters.

author by Sparkspublication date Tue Mar 11, 2003 09:08Report this post to the editors

author by Sparkspublication date Tue Mar 11, 2003 09:18Report this post to the editors

"What a thrill it is to have the opportunity to live under an oppressive regime"

Lets see now -
Gardai beat protestors in the capital city's streets during a legal protest against street violence.
Gardai are charged with corruption, perjury, murder, theft, assault, and just about every other crime going (this has been happening for the last few years now, just rather quietly thanks to Pat Byrne's ability with the media)
Democratic process is mocked by running a binding referendum twice.
We enter the Partnership for Peace without vote, despite earlier committments to not do so without a binding referendum.
An actual tradition of corrupt politicians.
A convicted gun runner (Martin Ferris) being elected as a TD, along with several others who support terrorism.
The electorate lied to by the government prior to an election. Not shady stories, not false promises, actual outright lies regarding the statistics and other data regarding the economy.
The Freedom of Information Act being gutted following a report that consulted noone, written by six people, and the changes in the Act pushed through so fast that seanad members wound up in the debate on the changes before their copies of the changes had had a chance to arrive to them via the postal system.
An electronic voting system being brought in to which the government does not have the source code, has never seen the source code, and whose security cannot be verified.
And we don't have the option in this country to vote for "none of the above".
Popular vote for mayors being eliminated.
And education is now being clamped down even further. Rat-infested mouldy schools that are actual health risks (and with our health system, that's seriously bad), no funding to make teaching a good career (which ensures a vicious cycle where the best and brightest do not go on to teach new kids), and fees being reintroduced for college.

So Bigfoot, you're not kidding about that "oppressive regime". They may not be shooting people in the streets - but that's because they don't need to.

author by jeffpublication date Tue Mar 11, 2003 13:16Report this post to the editors

...I'm emigrating, I have come to the conclusion that the majorety of Irish people need to be oppressed, and will smugly gufaw at anyone who tries to wake people up. Everyday I read this site, and I walk away more depressed than ever, because stupid people like Dominic keep on gufawwing...

I remember asking a REAL minimum wage guy, some thicko who worked at the same part time job as myself, some bouncer kid, I asked him recently who he would vote for;

"Fianna Fail". His logic was that theses cowboys were responsible for the Celtic Tiger. When I explained to him it was in fact Wall Street and the advent of the internet that was responsible for our superficial prosperity, you could hear the rusty clockwork beginning to move in his little used brain.

But he began to drool. Then I realised there is no point. I'nm going to save money, if the government allows that, then I'll move to Fiji, or the Falkland islands, just somewhere AWAY.

Then I will watch with glee middle class suburbanites like Dominic, poisoned by some gas attack, all as a result of their inertia and obedience. The politicians will probably join me on my island, where I will have laid traps in wait. Mary Hernia will get it last, slowly decapitated...

author by pwdysonpublication date Wed Mar 12, 2003 00:42Report this post to the editors

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