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No War On Iraq

Davy Carlin • 9/1/2003

Following the million-strong march against war in Florence last November, a gathering of the social movements who had organised that protest issued the following statement:

‘To all citizens of Europe! Together we can stop this war! We are fighting for social rights and social justice, for democracy and against all forms of oppression.

We stand for a world of diversity, freedom and mutual respect. We believe this war, whether it has the backing of the UN or not, will be a catastrophe for the people of Iraq - already suffering because of the embargo and Saddam Hussein’s regime - and for people across the Middle East.

It should be opposed by everyone who believes in democratic political solutions to international conflicts because it will be a war with the potential to lead to global disaster. There is a massive opposition to war in every country of Europe. Hundreds of thousands have already mobilised for peace.

We call on the movements and citizens of Europe:

  1. To start organising now against war.
  2. If war starts to protest immediately and organise demonstrations in every country the next Saturday after the war starts.
  3. To start organising now for demonstrations in every capital in Europe on 15 February.’

We are asking for the support of individuals and organisations for this statement and to help organise major protests in both Dublin and Belfast on Saturday 15 February, to coincide with the international day of action. Please add your name or that of your organisation to the list of sponsors and help us build a mass movement that can halt this dangerous drive to war.

To add your name/organisation to the list of sponsors e-mail

Sponsors for Feb 15 International Day of Action in Ireland include:

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, 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,
The Labour Party, The Green Party, NGO Peace Alliance.







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Political Violence and Questions of Legitimacy
Christina Sherlock


Acquiring Transmission Points
Anthony McIntyre


The Blood Stays on the Blade

Seaghán Ó Murchú


Identity Under Siege
Paul de Rooij


No War On Iraq
Davy Carlin


Picket In Support of Human Rights Activists


9 January 2003


Pressure on Sinn Fein Grows
Tommy McKearney


Hiroshima non amour: Desmond Fennell’s predictable dissent

Seaghán Ó Murchú


Bush and Blair are going for it: Time to Act
Davy Carlin


Lied His Way In - Lied His Way Out
Anthony McIntyre


Six Soldiers
Annie Higgins


Imperialism - It Hasn't Gone Away, You Know
Brian Kelly


Picket In Support of Human Rights Activists


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