International Day of Protest

Report from: Ireland

From:  Billy Fitzpatrick
National Chairperson, Irish CND

Below is the text of a letter presented to USA ambassador Egan by the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Irish CND) on the occasion of October 13 Stop Militarization of Space protest.

Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Feachtas um Dí-armáil Eithneach

P.O. Box 6327, Dublin 6, Ireland
Fón: +353 -1-454 0194

Ambassador Egan
USA Embassy
Dublin 4
October 13 2001

Stop the Militarization of Space

Dear Ambassador,

Irish CND believes the terrorist attack on the 11th of September constituted a crime against humanity and we empathise with the American peoples grief and anger. We believe the perpetrators of this crime should be brought to justice before an international criminal court so that justice is done and seen to be done.

For many of us, the awful events of September 11 demonstrate:

  • That, given a determined enemy, there is no real security anywhere on our planet against even the most primitive forms of attack

  • That defence against weapons of mass destruction, once they are released, is utterly impossible

  • That, therefore, existing treaties against weapons of mass destruction must be strengthened and developed, not undermined

  • That the proposed militarization of space with weapons of mass destruction or with conventional weapons should be abandoned forthwith

  • That our only security and future lies in the development of a more just and equitable world order where respect for international law and the peaceful resolution of differences between nations great and small becomes the norm

Irish people are acutely aware that their only defence against Sellafield is its closure. In the same way the planet’s only defence against nuclear weapons is their abolition.

Together with our sisters and brothers across the world today, October 13, we join our voices in calling on your government to immediately stop the bombing of Afghanistan and to pursue your just demands for retribution through peaceful means. Above all, we call on your government to strengthen the future security of our planet by your support for nuclear disarmament worldwide and for a weapons-free space.

On behalf of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Billy Fitzpatrick

National Chairperson.

Photo taken afterward outside US embassy, Dublin shows CND officers Hilary Carr, Geraldine O'Dwyer, John Goodwillie (and in front Emer Fitzpatrick aged 7!).

From: Gloria Frankel

29 September, Dublin, demonstration - 300 people
5 October, Dublin, vigil of US residents outside US Embassy 50 people
3 October, Dublin, march from US Embassy to British Embassy - 350 people
        "        , Shannon - 40 people
16 October, Dublin, Department of Foreign Affairs, vigil - 40 people

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