Keeping a Watchful Eye at Shannon

There was a busy weekend of activism at Shannon on 26th and 27th September (2009). A women's peace group spent 24 hours at the airport engaged in a KNIT-IN for Peace, and keeping a close watch on the transit of the warplanes through the airport. Separately, three men in a boat launched Peace and anti-Lisbon signs on a raft in the Shannon Estuary Lagoon in front of the airport. All the while the airport seemed more like a military base that a civilian airport.

This photograph, taken on Saturday 26th September shows a US Navy Hercules (registration 164996) and an Omni Air International troop carrier (N810AX) next to Ryanair and Air France/City Jet commercial planes. Air France/City Jet are about to cut the Shannon to Paris link while Ryanair are also likely to reduce services from Shannon.

The only busines remaining for Shannon, it seems, is the business of war and death.

Some messages left at the weekend for those visiting and using the airport. For more, see this Indymedia report.

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