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Thursday January 01 1970

Shannon Watch Vigil

category clare | anti-war / imperialism | event notice author Tuesday April 06, 2010 08:55author by Shannonwatchauthor email shannonwatch at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

Opposing war and human rights abuse at Shannon Airport

Regular monthly vigil from 2 - 3pm. Gather as usual just before the airport entrance (at the small roundabout).

On St Patrick's Day, President Barrack Obama thanked the Irish Government for allowing US troops to stop off at Shannon Airport on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan. But the extent of the US military use of Shannon has gone largely unnoticed by the Irish people. Unless a family member happens to be travelling through in the early morning - and this is becoming a rare occurrance, given the downturn in normal business at the airport - most people would not know about the hundreds of US troops that pass through every day.

A recent United Nations report said that Afghanistan’s weak central government is characterized by patronage, corruption and impunity that has hindered economic development and contributed to increased poverty. This, added to the daily suffering and death of innocent men, women and children, is what Predident Obama thanked us for supporting.

The monthly vigils at Shannon will continue to draw attention to this outrage. Irish involvement in wars that were started illegally and are certain to have no positive outcomes must be opposed and ended.

Related Link: http://www.shannonwatch.org
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