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Sinn Féin urges support for Dublin anti-war demo

15 March, 2005

Speaking at a press conference in Dublin today Sinn Fein spokesperson on International Affairs Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD urged people to support a demonstration in the capital next Saturday protesting at the continuing occupation of both Iraq and Palestine.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The brutal occupation of Iraq and the daily slaughter of its citizens continues unabated while the Irish government through continued use of Shannon Airport remains shamefully complicit in it.

"Once again the people of Ireland are called upon to send a powerful message of opposition to the illegal occupation of both Iraq and Palestine. Sinn Féin has a long history of solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination, We reiterate that support once again and call on all Irish people to stand with the Palestinian people in their struggle for human rights and dignity.

"Sinn Fein believes that the Irish people remain opposed to the war in Iraq and to the Israeli state's policies against the Palestinian people.

"But Irish people also need to send an important message to the Irish government to stop assisting the occupation of Iraq. By allowing US troops through Shannon and by allowing US forces to train in the Curragh this Government has undermined Irish neutrality, probably fatally.

"Rather than allowing itself to be used in international power games and the oppression of weaker states by powerful ones, Ireland could and should be a beacon for freedom loving people the world over. We believe that is more in accordance with the aspirations of ordinary Irish citizens. Sinn Fein calls for the end to military occupation in Iraq and Palestine and for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and respect for international law and institutions such as the United Nations."ENDS

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