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Sinn Féin calls for support for anti war rallies

26 September, 2003

Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Marylou McDonald has called on people to join anti-war rallies taking place in Dublin and Belfast tomorrow, Saturday 27th September, as part of an International Day of Action for an end to the occupation of Palestine and Iraq.

Ms. McDonald said:

"Last February people across the world took to the streets to oppose the US/British war in Iraq. Here in Ireland there was also huge anger at the covert decision of the government to support the invasion of Iraq and allow our ports and airports to be used.

"It is important that people come out again tomorrow and join anti-war rallies in Dublin and Belfast and put pressure on the Irish government to use their voice in the United Nations and their role in the upcoming Presidency of the European Union to work for an end to the occupation of Iraq and for the return of power to the Iraqi people. We also believe that tomorrow gives us an opportunity to extend our solidarity to the Palestinian people. UN resolutions are being flouted openly and with devastating and deadly consequences for the Palestinian people every day. It is time that the government and the EU stood up and did more.

"Ireland and its people can play an important role on the international stage. Sinn Féin believes that this should be on the basis of a strong, independent foreign policy. That is what we will be calling for tomorrow."ENDS

Note to editor: The Anti war march begins at Parnell Square, Dublin at 2.30pm on Saturday 27th. Marylou McDonald will be speaking at the rally. The Belfast march will commence at 2pm from the Art College and proceed to Belfast City Hall

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