Friday, March 04, 2005

More pesky Christians speaking out

From Ekklesia:
Christian peace activists who disarmed a US Military aircraft re-fuelling at Shannon Airport in Ireland during the invasion of Iraq go on trial in Dublin on 7th March (Monday).

The trial is expected to last for two weeks.

They have the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and US actor Martin Sheen who proclaimed that "the prevention of war should not be a crime".

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In a statement, the Christians said; "It has been a long two years for our ploughshares community, but a much longer two years for the people of Iraq suffering an invasion, occupation and plunder of their homeland."

"The Irish State's attempt to criminalise our non-violent act of peacemaking complements their militarisation of the civilian Shannon Airport to service the U.S. war machine."

"We are not alone, as other peace activists, and also resisters within the British and U.S. military are being dragged before
courts & court martials, imprisoned in jails & stockades for their non-violent resistance to this war."

"In war, authentic peacemaking is criminalized, as killing, theft, torture, incineration, internment, rape and sexual abuse are legitimised."

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