The attached photograph of an Omni Air International airplane was taken at dawn on Sunday 17th August. It was almost certainly taking US troops on their way to or from military operations in the Middle East, just like thousands of other aircraft that have passed through Shannon in the last 13 years. What started on the basis of an unjustified US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and was continued in support of the catastrophic, illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq is now being presented as the norm by the airport authorities and the Irish government. It is, they would have us believe, "in the DNA of Shannon".
After 13 years of government lies, obfuscation and refusal to engaged in discussion about our support for a failing, destructive US foreign policy, it's time to call an end to this US military use of Shannon Airport. We've supported enough invasions, occupations, drone attacks, war crimes, and torture. We've turned a blind eye to the human suffering for too long. Its time say STOP.
To send this message loudly and clearly, Shannonwatch are calling on peace and anti-war groups as well as other organisations and individuals around the country to join together in a mass protest at Shannon on Sunday 12th October. Thirteen shameful years of support for global warfare is more than enough. We want our integrity and our neutrality back.
October 12th, 2014 - Mass Demonstration at Shannon