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category clare | anti-war / imperialism | press release author Thursday June 10, 2004 15:36author by Tim Hourigan - MAMA/ Anti War Ireland Report this post to the editors

Anti War protestors claim Government is violating their rights to protest Bush.
At a meeting later today in Limerick, peace activists opposed to the visit of George W. Bush to Ireland will argue that the government is yet again breaking the law by restricting their right to peaceful protest at Shannon and Dromoland.

President Bush arrives in Ireland at 8pm Friday 25th June and will attend a summit at Dromoland castle on Saturday morning before flying out to a NATO meeting.

The Garda have informed people that there will be roadblocks and checkpoints around the area covering over 40 square miles of County Clare from Shannon to Dromoland and over as far as Cratloe and six mile bridge. Movement within this area will be restricted.

Spokesperson Tim Hourigan said, "this is a disgraceful day for Ireland. A big chunk of our country is closed to Irish citizens, while the roads are closed off to facilitate a man who has killed more innocent people than Osama bin Laden."

People are being told to expect roadblocks and checkpoints along a 17 miles stretch of the Limerick to Ennis Road. They are told to expect 2 hour delays at the roadblocks. this is nothing to do with security, and everything to do with keeping protest away from the TV cameras. George Bush will be sealed into the airport and Dromoland by thousands of armed security. Keeping people back at Bunratty makes no sense. Askeaton, across the river in Co. Limerick is closer to the airport than Bunratty is.

The government has already torn up articles 28 and 29 of the Irish Constitution which require us to remain neutral in war, now they are tearing up article 40 of the Constitution as well as the European Convention on Human Rights, which was only passed in the Dail 6 months ago.

Article 40 of the constitution guarantees liberty for the exercise of the rights to freely express their convictions, to assemble peaceably and without arms and prohibits any restriction of these rights based on political grounds.

"I was at a public meeting in Shannon on Tuesday and many of the locals were spitting blood at being asked to fill out security questionnaires about their family and being told they cannot enter their own town or drive without a pass.

Some locals compared it to South Africa in Apartheid that they were being treated like criminals and prevented from showing their opposition to Bush's visit. We will not give up our rights so easily. We will protest Bush when he comes, and we will not allow politicians to tell us we cannot enter a town in our own country to do it."

MAMA and Anti War Ireland intend to protest in Limerick on Sat 19th, and at Shannon Town Centre on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June. they invite all people interested in peaceful opposition to attend.

They will be holding a public meeting to organise this tonight, June 10th at Halla Ide at 8pm.


Article 40.6
1. The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights,
subject to public order and morality:
(i) The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and
(ii) The right of the citizens to assemble peaceably and without arms.
Provision may be made by law to prevent or control meetings
which are determined in accordance with law to be calculated to
cause a breach of the peace or to be a danger or nuisance to the
general public and to prevent or control meetings in the vicinity
of either House of the Oireachtas.
2. Laws regulating the manner in which the right of forming associations and unions and the right of free assembly may be exercised shall contain no political, religious or class discrimination.

author by Anonymouspublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 18:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"40 square miles cordoned off"

Whatever happened to democracy?? The urgency on all citizens of the world to get active increases daily.

author by Smart Arsepublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 18:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

As most people will be protesting well over 40 miles away from Shannon on the Friday, perhaps the cordon isn't big enough.

author by righteous pragmatistpublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 19:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

George W. Bush crushed the Taliban government of Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein of Iraq probably the most brutal and oppressive regimes imaginable.
Millions of people now live in freedom and after the endorsement of the interim Iraqi government by the international community will soon enjoy the right to vote in democratic elections.
Bush has begun a revolution in the Middle East that is going to shake the tyrannical regimes in Arab countries to their foundations.

You people want this reversed.

You sided with Saddam Hussein and not with the liberation of the Iraqi peoples.
You sided with the Taliban and not with the liberation of the Afghan peoples.

You side with despots and tyrants and terrorists.

The Islamic dictatorships and fascist tyrannies of the Arab world wish the destruction of liberal democratic Western society in order to their oppression of their own people remains unthreatened.

The UN security council has backed the interim Iraqi government and in elections to come this coming January the Iraqi people will select their leaders.

You are protesting against the freedom of Iraqis.

By protesting against the War On Terror you are infact siding with those wish to destroy the freedom.

You are a sick joke.

author by An@rky member 279publication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 19:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No perimeter can hold us away. We're already in the sewers under the airport ready to go!

author by Dr. Faustuspublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 20:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The US immigration and naturalization service has a name for people it does not want in its country. It calls them "illegal aliens." George Bush is accused of war crimes and a foreigner, in other words, an illegal alien.

The citizens of this country cannot travel to the US without permission. Why do we now require permission to travel to part of the land of our birth?

In the name of freedom, we are to be denied freedom. Any shocked reaction in the liberal press? Intellectuals should be outraged.

author by Timpublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 20:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'll ignore the ignorant trolls and tell you something useful.

last year, police in England decided to prevent protestors entering a COUNTY where a protest was planned.

they had no reason to suspect anything other than a peaceful protest, but they prevented at least one coachload of protestors from getting in. It may have been three coaches I don't recall off the top of my head.

what happened?

the offended citizens took the state to court for breaching their rights to freedom of movement and expression.
I think they got about 3,000 STERLING ...EACH.

then they gave the money to one of the anti-war campaigns.

So, if the Irish state wants to stop lots of peaceful protestors from (shockingly) gathering in the town of Shannon, then they'd better be aware that they could end up paying more in court than they do in Garda overtime.

author by Timpublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 20:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

some of the residents in Shannon plan to get together to burn the passes issued by the Garda.

Others intend to carry alternate passes (a copy of article 40 of the constitution)

There is in fact no law in Ireland that requires people to carry passes.
the closest thing to compulsory ID is having to keep your driving license with you when you drive.

seeing as nobody is expecting to be let sit next to Bush in the private grounds of dromoland, and are exercising their rights to be in public areas of Clare, like Shannon town, why are the gardai getting involved?

like in London last november, the police helped to keep the demonstators out of the view of the news cameras outside buckingham palace (but in a place just as close to the front of the palace - so obviously not for security reasons...)

So, a quick recap...

there's no law to back up the passes...

and there is a constitutional guarantee to the right to freedom of movement and peaceful assembly....

so, when the people asser their right to peaceful assembly in public the official Garda explanation will be?

author by Fintan Lane - Anti-War Irelandpublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 21:43author email info at antiwarireland dot orgauthor address author phone 087 1258325Report this post to the editors

We have the right to peaceful assembly and protest, and we will be exercising that right on Friday evening, June 25th, as Bush touches down in Ireland. The venue remains unchanged: 7pm, Shannon town centre, to march against the war policies of the neo-conservative Bush administration and against Irish complicity with the US war machine at Shannon airport.

It is important that everybody makes a special effort to get there for 7pm. There will be Garda checkpoints, but we have the right to proceed to Shannon town centre to assemble. Factor in the possible delay and make sure you are there for 7pm. Bush will arriving just after 8pm.

Assert your right to protest and get to Shannon to unwelcome Bush as he lands on Irish soil.

author by Haggy Ragsbottompublication date Thu Jun 10, 2004 23:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I was just in France, where apparantly ANY protests were BANNED (in Paris anyway), and the whole area/city of Caen -in the north- was virtually sealed off, with butched-up American G.I's swinging machine guns on the bridges near the region! And get this; these veterans (from 'WW2') -who are now extREMely old- were left standing (without chairs) in the seriously baking heat, for I think over an hour, in full military uniform, because the visiting 'dignitaries' were held up elsewhere! Shows who counts in this world.. Bush, Blair, the QUeen and a mob of other unsavoury charcters were all in Normandie for the anneversary of the DDay landings by the way, which is good wartime propaganda for the US needless to say. There were actually American flags flying all over the place! fuxake

author by Acidpublication date Fri Jun 11, 2004 00:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Didnt the Gardai stop people from assembling in Shannon last June?
The cops work for the state. The state can (and likely, will) allow gardai to do whatever they feel necesary to disrupt protesters from gathering or whatever. All the legal issues can be dealt with later. In six months time. Only to be prosboned for a further six months. This is a tactic they keep using. And it works.

author by Curiouspublication date Fri Jun 11, 2004 10:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What's wrong with American flags flying in Normandy for the anniversary of the D Day landings? Allied troops died on those beaches so subsequent generations could exercise their freedom. As someone who is opposed to war I suspect that I am not alone in marvelling at the capacity of the Irish anti war movement to be so selective in it's condemnation of America.

author by bobpublication date Fri Jun 11, 2004 22:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ok, so,,, we get 10,000 people to come, have the cops deny their right to access, and we all sue the state for 5,000 EACH, and then we have 50,000,000 euro....

even taking out what people keep for themselves... as an incentive for more to come....

we'd have a great campaign in 2005 with that eh?

i think, just on the normany things what was sickening is that the old soldiers just wanted to remember their friends, not have to wait in the sun for a bunch of politicians to make political capital out of it.

meanwhile... they continue to conspire to sell more weapons and cause more strife, to cause more wars for other peoples kids to fight and die in...

author by Al Asquapublication date Sat Jun 12, 2004 00:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

apparently rumour has it on the ground that some protesters ideas of using marine SOS rocket flares whilst air force 1 comes in would be a bad idea as it would incite military escort jets to take decisive action misinterpreting the flares as sam 7s. Beware!

author by is that a threatpublication date Sat Jun 12, 2004 01:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

is that a threat

author by John O'Dreamspublication date Sat Jun 12, 2004 02:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Looks like our regualr troll form CIA HQ Langley is here again making veiled threats.

Welcome Agent B!!

author by yellow jacketpublication date Sat Jun 12, 2004 17:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Huge force of 6,000 called up to keep Bush safe Saturday June 12th 2004 ALMOST 6,000 gardai and troops will be deployed in an unprecedented security operation for the visit of US President George Bush. The big protection build-up to the visit started yesterday when heavily armed patrols manned by detectives from the Garda's elite emergency response unit were sent into the south-west region. The massive security plan will be finalised next week when US Secret Service agents arrive here to review the blueprint with senior garda and army officers. But details of the plan masterminded by Assistant Garda Commissioner Dermot Jennings emerged last night as officers prepared for the most elaborate presidential protection operation to date. The blueprint includes: almost 4,000 gardai on duty on June 25 and 26, mainly deployed around Shannon airport and Dromoland Castle in Co Clare; back-up from 2,000 members of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, including bomb disposal experts; a special detention and processing centre to cope with 150 troublemakers to be set up in Shannon town; surface to air missiles placed on stand-by; no flight zone around Dromoland and a heavily restricted area over Shannon; and special passes for local residents to facilitate access through the security cordons being thrown around key areas. Special security teams are also being set up to protect other VIPs arriving here for the US-EU summit in Dromoland, including US secretary of state, Colin Powell, US national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, US commerce secretary, Donald Evans, EU commission president, Romano Prodi, and EU security boss, Javier Solana. A purpose-built command centre has been established by Mr Jennings at Shannon garda station to be manned by emergency planning teams that will also include local authority officials and fire service and ambulance chiefs. Naval Service vessels will patrol the coastline while rivers and inland waterways will be checked out by garda boats. A zone between the airport and Dromoland is being "sterilised" with manhole covers sealed and other potential attack launch sites closely examined over the next fortnight. The US agents will act as close-in bodyguards for President Bush while he is here from the evening of June 25 until after lunch on June 26 but although armed, they are not being granted diplomatic immunity. The American CAT (counter action team) will be accompanied by a huge array of weapons, mainly handguns, in an estate wagon that will be part of the presidential cavalcade. A senior garda officer said last night: "We don't anticipate any major problems with the protest groups planning to demonstrate. "But we can't afford to take any chances and must have a plan in place, particularly as the security risk to Mr Bush is much greater than for any other US president to visit here, because of the war in Iraq," he added. Meanwhile, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern yesterday expressed his confidence in the Gardai and the Army. "Obviously, security is a big issue. But I think we successfully looked after the May Day events and we had people from all over Europe and the Middle East region during the EU presidency." The summit, which will take place four days before the handover of power in Iraq, will be dominated by events in that region, Mr Ahern admitted. But he was optimistic that world leaders could make some headway in the Middle East talks while here. Tom Brady Security Editor

author by Dr J.V.A. Robinson - Privatepublication date Thu Jun 24, 2004 19:22author email victorlederle at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone 0034965699915Report this post to the editors

What happened to free speech?
What happened to freedom of movement?
What happened to the right to protest?
What happened to neutrality?
What happened to independence?
What happened to decency?
What happened to caring about other people?
What has happened to the Irish?

Is it all down to greed, I wonder?

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