US war veterans to protest in Shannon

Owen Hickey

Reporter:

Owen Hickey

MEMBERS of an American organisation opposed to the US military use of Shannon Airport will take part in a vigil in Shannon on this Sunday November 13.

MEMBERS of an American organisation opposed to the US military use of Shannon Airport will take part in a vigil in Shannon on this Sunday November 13.

The vigil, which will run from 2pm to 3pm, is organised by Shannonwatch, which monitors foreign military use of the airport.

Veterans For Peace representatives are coming to Shannon to demand an end to the ongoing US military use of the airport, and to express opposition to the US occupation of Afghanistan. Veterans for Peace representative, Gerry Condon is appealing to locals to support the protest. “As an Irish-American, I am really upset to see Irish neutrality being trampled upon by the US military. Shannon Airport should not be used to ferry troops and weapons to war.

“I hope the Irish people are as outraged as I am, and will join our protest at Shannon,” said Mr Condon.

Mr Condon also said the majority of war veterans think the wars have not had a positive effect.“We want all the troops to come home now and we want an end to drone bombings and torture too.

“Two-thirds of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans do not believe these wars and occupations have done any good,” he added.

Veterans for Peace is a 21-year-old organisation of veterans from several wars who now devote themselves to campaigning for peace.

It is currently occupying ‘Freedom Plaza’ in Washington as part of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement.

Shannonwatch member John Lannon says Ireland is not a neutral country because of the military presence at Shannon.“Our neutrality has been abandoned, and we have become complicit in endless cycles of suffering and death.Shannonwatch facilitates vigils at Shannon Airport on the second Sunday of every month.