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Solemn vigils marks Khashoggi anniversary

22 October 2019

The strains of Anach Cuan, a traditional Irish lament, stilled Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square on Monday night October 22 as the first anniversary of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was marked outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

His murder was not confirmed until October 21st and so it was decided to mark the anniversary with a public commemoration this week. No action has been taken against the perpetrators of the vicious killing at the Turkish consulate in Istanbul.

NUJ members led by Irish Executive Council chair Gerry Carson were joined by co-organisers from the Bee Army and Amnesty Ireland in a moving vigil which was also attended by Richard Boyd Barrett TD. The ICTU was represented by David Joyce. Dublin branch member Nora Geraghty played the haunting slow air on the stone steps of the impervious Georgian building.

Earlier at Buswells Hotel across from parliament buildings on Kildare Street NUJ members interrupted their Freelance Forum to mark the anniversary with a message of solidarity.

In a brief address Bee Army CEO Abdulaziz Almoayyad pointed to the security cameras trained on the steps. "You speak for those who cannot speak, who are being watched in their own country," he said, commenting that Jamal Khashoggi has a large family of friends and family in his life. In death that "family" has grown across the world. It was important to him and to his colleagues that Jamal's murder should not be forgotten.

The vigil forms part of the NUJ's support for the #EndImpunity campaign and the union is grateful to Dublin P&PR branch for sponsorship of the specially designed posted "Murdered by Saudia Arabia for the crime of being a journalist". Pics: Derek Spiers.