Ken and Tarak Start their Walk for Freedom

Saturday Sept 7th US Veterans for Peace Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers started the first stage of their Walk for Freedom at Limerick Prison. A crowd of around 30 gathered to see them off, with some accompanying Ken and Tarak for much of the first day's walking.

Those attending the send-off included MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, Limerick Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan, and Senator Paul Gavan also of Sinn Fein.

Speaking at the event, Mick Wallace and Paul Gavan expressed the debt of gratitude owed to Ken and Tarak for helping to expose the grave breaches of Irish neutrality at Shannon. Shannonwatch’s John Lannon spoke about how the myth of neutrality peddled by the Irish government had been shattered by US Vice President Mike Pence when he called Shannon “an important hub for US forces deploying overseas”, and talked about the close coordination with Ireland in US military operations around the world. Ken and Tarak then spoke, thanking everyone who has supported them and outlining once again why they were doing the walk (for more on this see Boots on the Ground for Freedom).

The send-off was wrapped up with two songs. The first, to the tune of Galway Bay, was led by Tarak and Ken (words here). The second, written and performed by New York based singer songwriter Dave Lippman, was called Ciao, War.

A large number of those present at the prison then walked through Limerick City with Ken and Tarak, stopping at Sarsfield Bridge to take more photographs. A small group then continued with the veterans, along the Ennis Road and past Caherdavin, as they headed towards Shannon.

There will be five separate legs to the walk. These are:

1. Sept 7th to 10th -  Limerick to Ennis 
2. Sept 12th to 16th - Ennis to Galway 
3. Sept 19th to 20th - Manorhanilton to Sligo 
4. Sept 21st to 23rd - Letterkenny to Bridgend 
5. Sept 25th to 27th - Buncrana to Malin Head 

If you would like to walk with Ken and Tarak, to meet with them, or to host a talk by the pair, contact Shannonwatch.



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