For an Iraq free of occupation and corporate domination
We want to see an Iraq where the Iraqi people themselves control their own lives and work together as equals. Neither the war nor occupation offer them this.
We have seen what the occupation has brought, the torture and murder of prisoners in US run prisons in Iraq.
At least 10,000 Iraqi civilians have been reported killed in the international media, many more deaths may not have been reported.
Billions of dollars have been given to US corporations in Iraq. Some like Bechtel are the same corporations named by Iraq before the war as having supplied Saddams regimes with military supplies and infrastructure. Bechtel was also a major contributor to the last US election campaign and some of Bush's advisors are former Bechtel employees.
Ireland is aiding the occupation. 10,000 US troops move through Shannon airport every month enroute to Iraq. Top Oil refuels the war planes. Analog (Limerick) makes targetting and firing systems for the Apache Attack helicopters. raytheon (Derry) produce software used to guide weapons like the US Tomahawk Cruise missile.
We are going to protest in Dublin at the role of the Irish state and companies in Ireland in the war the Saturday before Bush comes. Join us in a tour of some of these sites of shame, assemble at 2.30pm at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell square in saying No to Bush, No to Irish involvement in the war (Sat 19 June, 2.30).
When George Bush is here make sure you are at Shannon. Whether you cycle, drive with friends or take a bus. This will be a protest to remember.
Bush and Blair warn of chaos if they leave Iraq. One Iraqi women blogger responds "Chaos? Civil war? Bloodshed? We'll take our chances- just take your puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go."
Dublin; Saturday 19th June at Parnell square at 2.30pm
Critical mass to Shannon; leaves from end of Dublin march, ring 0872820906 to join
Buses to Shannon (going Friday 25th return Sat 26th) Ring 086 1767936 to book ticket
Dublin Grassroots Network - More info at http://struggle.ws/dgn