UPDATE: To catch up, if you haven’t yet, read the original post below.
More reaction, and pictures (NYT reporters, call your desk! Stop the presses!) to the hoards of steely eyed, robotic rabid US military invaders in Ireland!
First pictures to come out from this heinous violation of international peace! Note the American seditionists as they emerge from the River Shannon!
Wait….wrong picture. HERE are some of the Bushbot Storm Troppers from the Dark Side, being detained in Ennis:
This just gets better and better. More images and comment (oh yes, by all means, read the comments) at Indymedia Ireland
Thanks again to Toejam for staying on this.
And don’t forget…this is the Pinch take on international buffoonery, not Murdoc’s! Any and all derision, tomatoes and otherwise organic or verbal or non-verbal perishables hurled at Murdoc Online need to be redirected to the Instapinch!
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The headlines of the Irish Independent Newspaper, Saturday, June 24, 2006 says it all…!
ACTIVIST PLACED U.S. SOLDIERS UNDER ARREST!
Scandalous! More heinous violations of US troops, turned into walking zombies by the stress of war? Terrorizing the hearth and homes of the good people of Ennis?
SIX United States soldiers on their way home from service in Iraq were placed under citizen’s arrest after an anti-war activist spotted them walking around a town in their uniforms.
Shannon-based peace activist Conor Cregan said yesterday that he briefly detained the six on Thursday afternoon after finding them walking on the Limerick Road leading out of Ennis.
“I placed the soldiers under citizen’s arrest because these soldiers are not supposed to be walking freely on the streets of Ireland in uniform. It is a breach of the Irish Constitution and Irish neutrality, he said.
The six were part of a group of 238 troops who were forced to stay overnight on Thursday in due to technical problems experienced by their aircraft at Shannon airport.
They were staying at the West County Hotel in Ennis and met Mr Cregan near the hotel on a public footpath.
He said yesterday: “I immediately called for the six to stop and said to them ‘I am placing you all under citizen’s arrest. Do not move’.”
The men remained on the footpath as Mr Cregan contacted emergency services. “I was put through to Ennis Garda station, but the Garda (Irish Police) on duty made light of the matter,” Mr Cregan said.
Good for the Garda! Making mirth of buffoonery is always in the best interest of mankind and should always be encouraged and rewarded.
Green party leader Trevor Sargent said yesterday that US troops walking in uniform in this country “was a flagrant breach of Irish neutrality. An army of another country can’t flaunt itself in uniform and it was an important gesture by the anti-war activist to ensure that the law is being upheld,” Mr Sargent said.
Now, hopefully there will be some Ireland experts out there who may be able to shed some light on this, if any light needs to be shed. At the very worst, prepping the soldiers for interaction in the host country where there may be a rule restricting “uniformed soldiers” from appearing in public as such may need a bit of a going over, but to claim these 6 GIs were “flaunting” is more than a bit of a stretch, methinks.
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Thanks to Toejam for the tip!
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