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category galway | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Monday June 09, 2008 14:46author by TD - Free Palestine Campaign Report this post to the editors

Don't let them treat us as mushrooms; keeping us in the dark and covering us with horseshit?

Following the theft and damage of Lisbon Campaign for Middle East Justice and Peace signs in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Galway on Friday night had a visitation of similiar malovolence when two large signs were torn from their anchorages, sliced into pieces and, bizarrely, after the top sections containing the text; "Israel Killed 52 Palestinian Children" were razored off, whatever, and stolen, the remaining pieces were neatly arranged on the grass - the signs highlighted the fact that Israel killed 52 Palestinian children in the first 18 weeks of 2008 and yet the EU, true to its hypocritical colours, refuses to impose sanctions.
Sean; Tuam Road Roundabout
Sean; Tuam Road Roundabout

When appraised of the latest outrage, unbowed, Sean Clinton, head honcho of the Lisbon Campaign for Middle East Justice and Peace traveled from Limerick City yesterday with the last sign to erect it under the protective eye of a Garda traffic monitoring camera adjacent to the Westside Shopping Center.

In a Press Release, the LCMEJP stated: " the Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty would copper-fasten EU policy vis-ŕ-vis Israel and force Ireland to go along with and defend this policy. Ireland, to our shame, has already defended the EU policy of appeasing Israel and this was clear a few weeks ago when following a week in which Israel killed 27 Palestinian children, the then Minister for foreign affair Dermot Ahern told the Dáil “the government is opposed to a suspension of the Agreement with Israel” The ability to formulate and espouse an independent foreign policy is the hallmark of a sovereign state. If Ireland ratifies the Treaty we will have to adhere to a European foreign policy, decided by Qualified Majority Vote and espoused by an unelected foreign minister. Ireland will have to uphold European foreign policy in all international fora, including the UN whether we agree with it or not. This represents the single greatest threat to Irish sovereignty since the foundation of the state. If ratified the Lisbon Treaty will herald the creation by stealth, of a federal European super-state. There is a real danger that on Thursday next we will sleepwalk ourselves and our fellow European citizens denied a vote, into this new state".

Meanwhile, last Saturday on Shop Street, the Free Palestine Campaign did its duty when all signees' to our petition calling on the EU to give up its 'aul sins and terminate the Euro-Med Agreement were requested to Vote No on Thursday - the auspices are good for this as, excepting a woman who was going to vote Yes on the basis that Sinn Fein was for it and a few noncommittals, all, as Bertolt Brecht would have put it were going to "forfeit the confidence of the EU," making it "easier In that case for the EU to dissolve the people and elect another"? A further piece of positive augury was evidenced at the Garda station where the vandalism to the signs was being reported when a Guard ventured: "Who votes for something you don't understand". Who indeed?, Who votes for a pig in a poke? for something that is deliberately opaque, for a thing that the fuckers boast about?: "They decided that the document should be unreadable. If it is unreadable, it is not constitutional, that was the sort of perception. Where they got this perception from is a mystery to me. In order to make our citizens happy, to produce a document that they will never understand! But, there is some truth [in it]. Because if this is the kind of document that the IGC will produce, any Prime Minister - imagine the UK Prime Minister - can go to the Commons and say 'Look, you see, it's absolutely unreadable, it's the typical Brussels treaty, nothing new, no need for a referendum.' Should you succeed in understanding it at first sight there might be some reason for a referendum, because it would mean that there is something new." (Giuliano Amato, former Italian Prime Minister and Vice-Chairman of the Convention which drew up the EU Constitution, recorded by Open Europe, The Centre for European Reform, London, 12 July 2007)

"Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals that we dare not present to them directly" ... "All the earlier proposals will be in the new text, but will be hidden and disguised in some way." (V. Giscard D'Estaing, Le Monde, 14 June 2007, and Sunday Telegraph, 1 July 2007)

Before ...
Before ...

and after (Bodkin Roundabout, Headford Road)
and after (Bodkin Roundabout, Headford Road)

Before ...
Before ...

and after (Westside Shopping Center)
and after (Westside Shopping Center)

author by paul o toolepublication date Mon Jun 09, 2008 15:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Shows how despreate the yesmen and yeswomen are given recent polls in the 'newspapers of note' recently.

author by TD - FPCpublication date Mon Jun 09, 2008 15:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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Catherine Connolly (Ind), ex-Mayoress of Galway City and ferociously opposed to the Lisbon Treaty
Catherine Connolly (Ind), ex-Mayoress of Galway City and ferociously opposed to the Lisbon Treaty

From Iraq
From Iraq

Hand carved from Palestinian olive wood, the praying hands were a gift from George Rishami, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement
Hand carved from Palestinian olive wood, the praying hands were a gift from George Rishami, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement

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author by Stuartpublication date Mon Jun 09, 2008 15:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I don't know if it is actually illegal under election law or simple theft of property, but this is unacceptable.

After Thursday I would like 10 posters, with the consent of their owner, to create a zero-impact compost bin. The corrugated plastic is an excellent material for composting and lasts about 4-6 years, even longer if out of direct sunlight.

author by damopublication date Mon Jun 09, 2008 15:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

From the Bray People recently:

Vandals target Lisbon Treaty posters

Thursday June 05 2008

Vandals destroyed a number of posters for the yes campaign for the Lisbon Treaty at the Hill's Garage roundabout in Bray last weekend. A passer-by noticed the defaced posters driving round the roundabout on Saturday afternoon. They seem to have just targeted Dick Roche's posters,' said the motorist.
Vandals destroyed a number of posters for the yes campaign for the Lisbon Treaty at the Hill's Garage roundabout in Bray last weekend.

A passer-by noticed the defaced posters driving round the roundabout on Saturday afternoon. They seem to have just targeted Dick Roche's posters,' said the motorist.

They were sprayed with black paint and the middle of them was cut out. It doesn't look like it was kids, it looks like it may have been done deliberately and not just petty vandalism.'

This happened the same weekend Labour leader Eamon Gilmore, on a canvassing trip to Bray, said that anti-Treaty campaigners had taken on an increasingly strident and hysterical tone.'

author by Kevin Murphypublication date Mon Jun 09, 2008 19:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

members of 32 csm were handing out Vote No leaflets outside the GPO yesterday when they were given verbal dogs abuse by a member of one of the establishment parties who then tore leaflets from one activists hand and proceeded to rip them up . When informed by the activist his behaviour was unnaceptable the interloper let out a high pitched squeal and sprinted up OConnell street to the gardai and attempted to have the activists arrested for assault . I believe hes made an offical complaint .

dirty and underhand without a doubt .

author by starsailor - Truthseekers Incpublication date Mon Jun 09, 2008 22:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done Sean Clinton, and thank you. Too few are brave enough, too few.

Interesting that these posters were all vandalised methodically in several cities over one night. That's quite a signature...

Related Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/87352/
author by Sean Clinton - Lisbon Campaign for Middle East Justice and Peacepublication date Wed Jun 11, 2008 01:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Late this evening I discovered that another sign had been taken down and removed - this time from a roundabout on the southern ring road around Limerick city. A search of the locality revealed where it had been discarded, together with another sign taken from the same site last week. They both now occupy two very prominent positions in Limerick city.

Last weekend I replaced another sign on the Killeens Bridge on the Mallow road a short distance out from Cork city. In order to prevent it being stolen a second time it has been chained and locked in place - but even that is no guarantee against those determined to shelter the racist Israeli state from criticism.

To my knowledge at least 16 of the 19 signs erected in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway have been stolen or destroyed on site. Four have been recovered. I think that speaks volumes for the impact which the signs have had. To judge from the actions/reactions of passing motorists the signs definitely grab attention and many people honk their approval.

Hopefully this Treaty will be severely holed below the waterline on Thursday and before any attempt to rescue it is undertaken the EU will have to rethink its relationship with the apartheid zioinst colony in Palestine.

Sign on Kileens Bridge outside Cork
Sign on Kileens Bridge outside Cork

Chained and locked in place
Chained and locked in place

author by Sean Clinton - LCMEJPpublication date Wed Jun 11, 2008 01:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

One of the first signs attacked and removed..

The Israeli Embassy, Dublin.
The Israeli Embassy, Dublin.

author by Annapublication date Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Due respect to the serious chutzpah of erecting the sign outside the Israeli Embassy, no wonder this badge of truth and reproach, this equivalent of a red rag to the mad bull of demented Zionism was taken down, you did right, Mr Clinton, I salute your principles and your courage in effecting them.

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