Richard Boyd Barrett TD tonight raised the imprisonment of anti-war activist and artist Margaretta D’Arcy in the Dail during topical issues debate.
Margaretta D’Arcy is serving a three-month sentence in Limerick prison for attempting to stop the violation of Ireland’s neutrality by the use of Shannon airport by US military warplanes. A longtime campaigner against the use of Shannon by the US and in particular against the use of Shannon in rendition flights, Margaretta has refused to sign a bond not to go to unauthorised parts of Shannon airport.
Margaretta D’Arcy and Niall Farrell of the Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) are due to appear in Ennis district court tomorrow to set a date for their second trial for protesting on the runway at Shannon airport in September 2013.
Deputy Boyd Barrett demands the immediate release of Margaretta and will also be supporting and attending a protest at 1pm at the dáil tomorrow.
Richard Boyd Barrett said, “The imprisonment of Margaretta D’Arcy is utterly despicable and vindictive treatment of an elderly and sick woman who acted courageously out of conscience against the use of Shannon Airport in facilitating the CIA’s illegal kidnap and torture programme, so-called rendition”.
“Margaretta’s incarceration and campaign highlights the ongoing facilitation of war and torture at Shannon airport. It is disgraceful that despite all the information and evidence that has accumulated, including infomation released by wikileaks, that the Irish government continues to foster relations with regimes involved in war, human rights violations and aggressive militarism”.
A picket will take place at the Egyptian Embassy,Clyde Rd, in Dublin today at 1pm, called by Richard Boyd Barrett, People before Profit TD and Brid Smith People before Profit City Cllr and Dublin MEP candidate.
A number of pro-democracy activists and revolutionaries from the 6 April Movement and the Revolutionary Socialists who played leading roles in 25 January Revolution that brought down the tyrant, Mubarak, have received harsh jail sentences of 2-3 years hard labour simply for protesting, i.e. defying the military’s new anti-protest law.
The protest is to demand the dropping of all charges and their immediate release.
The four Irish citizens arrested in Cairo must be released immediately and Irish Government must obviously do everything it can to assist their safe return to this country.
The Government should also make a strong statement condemning the vicous and barbaric repression and breaking off diplomatic relations with Egypt. They should also demand that the US end the massive military aid that they give to Egypt.
To say these things is not to support the the ideas or policies of President Morsi or the Muslim Brotherhood, which I disagree with, but to defend their basic democratic and human rights. It is also to understand that the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood is not a threat to them alone but threatens all the gains of the 2011 revolution and will affect workers, trade unionists, students and all dissidents.
What Egypt needs is not return to military rule and dictatorship, but genuine people’s democracy’
Richard Boyd Barrett discussing Edward Snowden case on Vincent Browne Show on TV3 on 2nd July 2013
Richard Boyd Barrett TD has expressed “extreme disappointment” that his request for a topical issue debate today in the Dail on the issue of whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s application for asylum in Ireland.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said: “It is difficult to know what could be more topical than the fairly sensational request of Edward Snowden for political asylum in this country.”
“Whatever one’s view on this matter, it clearly is a “topical” subject of not only national but also of international significance.”
“The recent revelations emanating from Mr Snowden that the US intelligence services were spying on the EU and had bugged EU offices are shocking and could have a very real effect on diplomatic and trade relations between the EU and the United States.”
“These are topical and important issues by any definition and it is extremely disappointing that there will be no opportunity to discuss this issue in the Dail today, and the one opportunity I had to raise it has been refused.”
“Mr Snowden fits any meaningful definition of a political refugee. It is already clear that he faces a very real prospect of reprisal by the US government for acting on his conscience and exposing their utterly unacceptable spying activities.”
The G8 are the leaders of the eight richest countries on earth – the USA, Germany, Britain, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, and Russia. This year the G8 summit will take place near Enniskillen on 16 and 17 June. They will gather to co-ordinate policies for defending privilege and inequality. The G8 and its associates represent the pillar organisations of corporate globalisation.
It will be a focus for protestors to gather and voice demands for global justice. So far, the ICTU is planning a march in Belfast on Saturday 15 June. A counter summit is being organised by G8 Alternatives on Sunday 16 June in Belfast. And a major protest is scheduled for Enniskillen on Monday 17 June.
There will also be public meetings around the country to help mobilise for the G8 protests. If you want to get involved contact 085 858 5292.
Download timetable for G-8 Counter Summit here