Ploughshares 10th Anniversary Gathering at Shannon Airport
Youtube, 4 February 2013
Feb. 3rd 2003, the Pitstop Ploughshares were charged with $2.5 million
"criminal damage" following their nonviolent disabling of a U.S. Navy
warplane. Initially remanded in Limerick Prison they were brought to
trial three times over the following three years at Dublin's historic
Four Courts. In 2006 following two mistrials, the Ploughshares - Deirdre
Clancy, Nuin Dunlop, Karen Fallon, Damien Moran and Caron O'Reilly -
were unanimously acquitted of all charges by a Dublin jury. According to
WikiLeaks released Dublin U.S. embassy cables, the action and acquittal
sent shock waves through the U.S. and Irish government war conspirators.
Deirdre and Ciaron were joined on Sunday by sizeable contingent of Garda
and anti-war activists from Dublin, Galway and Limerick. Many of those
gathered maintain a monthly anti-war presence at the airport and ongoing
opposition to the continued use of the civilian airport by the U.S.
military and C.I.A.
The gathering began by reading the February 2003 action statement of
Deirdre Clancy, Nuin Dunlop, Karen Fallon, Damien Moran and Ciaron
O'Reilly. This was followed by remembering the dead of Iraq, those
soldiers who passed through Shannon to their deaths and anti-war
activists who had resisted the militarisation of the airport who have
sadly passed away over the past ten years. Imprisoned U.S. military
whistleblower Bradley Manning
http://www.bradleymanning.org/ ,who passed through Shannon Airport
to deployment in Iraq, was also remembered. Reflections were then shared
by all gathered before mustard seeds were scattered as a symbol of hope
for future nonviolent resistance at the airport.
Following the vigil seasoned plane spotters, local activist Tim Hourgan
and "Veterans for Peace Ireland"
http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/ireland/ Ed Horgan, witnessed the
arrival of three U.S. military planes: two Hercules planes, presumably
transporting weaponry, and the actual warplane
http://tinyurl.com/bkpham2 the Pitstop Ploughshares had disabled 10
They also witnessed Irish soldiers being deployed to protect these 3 US
aircraft overnight. U.S. personnel were brought by bus to a Limerick
hotel for the night.