[Events] Press Conference Wed 10th Feb: Shannon Airport's Ongoing Involvement in War Needs to be Challenged

Nancy.L.Serrano Nancy.L.Serrano at staffmail.ul.ie
Mon Feb 8 10:27:17 GMT 2010


From: Shannon Watch [mailto:shannonwatch at gmail.com] 
Sent: 05 February 2010 15:06
To: shannonwatch at gmail.com
Subject: Press Conference Wed 10th Feb: Shannon Airport's Ongoing
Involvement in War Needs to be Challenged


Shannon Airport's Ongoing Involvement in War Needs to be Challenged

Press Release: 04 February 2010


Seven years after the U.S. military were given the use of Shannon
Airport for the invasion of Iraq, in breach of international laws on
neutrality, the airport continues to provide vital logistical support
for two wars. Around 5000 troops plus their weapons transit through the
airport every week, as do contracted cargo planes and other military
aircraft on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan. The airport is
also known to have been used by the CIA as part of their worldwide
networks of kidnapping and torture. 

On Wednesday February 10th at 11am, Shannonwatch will hold a press
conference with PANA, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance, in Buswells
Hotel Dublin. There they will announce details of a vigil that marks
seven years of peaceful protest at the airport. The vigil will be held
on Valentines Day (Feb 14th), and will use the symbol of a black heart
to show that it is war, and not love, that is being promoted at Shannon.

Details of 2009 war-related traffic through Shannon will also be
announced at the press conference. These figures show an alarmingly high
scale of war activity at a supposedly civilian airport. "With the
withdrawal of Aer Lingus, Delta and Ryan Air from Shannon it is now a
de-facto US air base" said a spokesperson for the group. "Irish people
need to be made aware of the extent to which the airport has been
militarized and the dangers that presents. We need to question why the
government has supported the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan for so
long, and why they hide the real extent of our support. These wars have
caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of displaced people,
and have no positive outcomes in sight." 

Shannonwatch is a group of peace & human rights activists based in the
mid-West of Ireland. It campaigns to end the U.S. military use of
Shannon Airport and to stop rendition flights through the airport. It
also seeks to obtain accountability from the Irish government for
complicity in human rights abuse and for the decisions to support wars
that are both illegal and immoral. It records military and suspected CIA
traffic through the airport and publishes summaries on its website
www.shannonwatch.org <http://www.shannonwatch.org/> .  

For further information contact Shannonwatch on 087 8225087 or email
shannonwatch at gmail.com.

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