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FEB 15th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WAR ON IRAQ.
On February 15th the largest ever mobilisation against war will take
place with simultaneous mass demonstrations in capital cities across the
globe to protest against US plans to attack Iraq. The protests are aimed
at stopping the current US war drive on Iraq. A war on Iraq will
certainly lead to thousands of civilian deaths and cause chaos across the
The call for the day of action comes from the European Social Forum held
in Florence last November where 60,000 delegates from Europe and across
the world met to discuss global injustice and the war and one million
people took part in a protest against war on Iraq.
The International Day of Action has now been taken up by anti war
activists and organisations across the globe. Mass protests have been
organised in every major European capital and a number of US and Canadian
The call has now also been endorsed by a conference of anti war activists
that took place in Cairo in December. This important gathering brought
together delegates from across the Middle East, with representatives from
the leading anti war organisations in Europe. The conference included
Egyptian parliamentary representatives, prominent individuals such as
Dennis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck, both former UN officials in Iraq,
and former Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella who was elected President
of a new International Coalition Against US Aggression on Iraq.
Finally, the call for Feb 15th is almost certain to be endorsed by the
World Social Forum meeting in Porto Allegre next month, which will add
the involvement of many Latin American countries to the day of action.
Coalitions of all anti war groups and organisations are now being formed
in countries across the globe to ensure an enormous mobilisation on Feb
15th. Ten million are expected to march in Europe alone on that date
Here in Ireland, the Irish Anti War Movement and the Peace and Neutrality
Alliance have joined forces to organise solidarity with the International
Day of Action. This will take the form of a national demonstration in the
capital at 2pm on Sat Feb 15th from Parnell Square finishing with a city
centre rally and followed by a free concert.
We call on all those opposed to the US war drive on Iraq to make their
vioce heard and join the protest on Feb 15th in Dublin.
We are seeking people and groups who will agree to sponsor the National
Demonstration against war on Iraq on Saturday 15th of February 2003 on
the following basis;
1.That we oppose the military assault on Iraq by the USA and it’s allies.
2. That we oppose the anti-Islamic racism arising out of the current war
3. We also call for a halt on attacks on civil liberties and the right to
protest under the guise of the “war on terrorism”.
4. We seek justice for the Palestinian people.
5. We seek to develop peaceful alternatives to war to address the reasons
for injustice and conflict in the world.
6. We seek an end to the use of Irish airports and airspace by the US
military and oppose any Irish involvement in a war on Iraq.
To add your name/organisation to the list of sponsors Tel:087-6329511 or
Sponsors for Feb 15th International Day of Action in Ireland include:
Des Geraghty(General President, SIPTU), Pat Rabitte TD (Leader of Labour
Party), Liz Mc Manus TD, Prionsias De Rossa MEP, Michael D Higgins TD,
Mike Allen, (General Secretary, Labour Party), Eamonn Ryan TD, Ciaran
Cuffe TD, Trevor Sargent TD (Leader of Green Party), John Gormley TD,
Paul Gogarty TD, Joe Higgins TD, Eamonn Mc Cann, (Journalist) Denis Keane
(President CPSU) Hazel O’ Conor (Singer), Marnie Holborrow (President
SIPTU Education branch), Roger Cole (Chair, Peace and Neutrality
Alliance) Mary Van Lieshout (US Citizens in Ireland for Alternatives to
War), Colin Coulter (Lecturer), Richard Boyd Barrett, Irish Anti War
Movement, Conor Kostick, (Chairperson, Irish Writers Union), Gavin
Kostick (Playwright), Nora Geraghty (Globalise Resistance), Gerry Adams
MP, Martin McGuinness MP, Michelle Gildernew MP, Pat Doherty MP, Caoimhin
O’Caolain TD, Aengus O’Snodaigh TD, Arthur Morgan TD, Martin Ferris TD &
Sean Crowe TD.
The Labour Party, The Green Party, The Socialist Party, The Socialist
Workers Party, Irish Socialist Network, US Citizens in Ireland for
Alternatives to War, NGO Peace Alliance, Globalise Resistance, Sinn Fein.
For general information about the Irish Anti-War Movement contact one of
Aoife N� Fhearghail 087 7955013
Richard Boyd Barrett 087 6329511
Colin Coulter 01 8746012
Sandeep Vaidya 087 2225742