Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Elizabeth II paid tribute to the heroes of Ireland

There were no hand as Kohl and Mitterrand. But Elizabeth II and Mary McAleese on Tuesday offered a very plastic symbol of reconciliation. It happened in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin: the place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives for independence. They rang for the first time the "God Save the Queen" and the king left a wreath of flowers in the shadow of the tricolor.

On the other side of the block, hundreds of nationalist militants shouting slogans against the act, which they consider an insult to the memory of the victims of the colonial past. They were few and poorly drained and sealed off by police not to reach the outskirts of Parnel Square. The nationalist party had convened and held banners Eirigi anticapitalist.

'Off with his head', said the more colorful with a guillotine and a silhouette of the Queen. 'The British and American imperialists are not welcome, "said another, referring to the impending visit of President Obama. The haranguing a man with a black parka and a megaphone. The vast majority were adolescents.

Half a dozen wore a vest and helped ease the minds of the most spirited. But his intervention did not prevent police flew over bottles of Seven Up and Fanta Orange as a metaphor for his harmless and bloodless revolution. There were some skirmishes with the riot. The most important in the vicinity of the Post Office where the uprising broke out Easter 1916 and Dorset Square, where protesters released black balloons in protest against the visit.

Their boos were cast in the interpretation of the hymns in the gardens. But the overall impression in Dublin was not anger but indifference. Some people came to see the procession. But during much of the way Elizabeth II visited a ghost town. I remember the gardens of the Queen and her husband moved to Trinity College.

There they received the former President Mary Robinson, who guided them to the Great Gospel of St. Columba, an illustrated manuscript by Celtic monks dating from the ninth century. By then Elizabeth II wore white. Without the green group that landed at Casement Aerodrome. Had landed at noon and were expecting a girl with a bouquet of flowers and Labour's Eamon Gilmore, now foreign minister and member of Sinn Féin Authentic in their youth.

A symbol of the meaning contained in these days, they intend to look to the future and bury the differences between the two countries. Amid tight security, the Queen and her husband have led to the official residence of Irish President Mary McAleese, yesterday hailed the arrival of his guest as "an extraordinary moment." McAleese has led Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh inside the building, where the two have signed the guest book and where they met the Prime Minister, the conservative Enda Kenny.

Some formalities that have given way to the first historical moment of the day: one in which the Queen has reviewed the guard of honor of the Irish Army. "Majesty", he shouted the captain, sword in hand, "the honor guard is ready for inspection." Soldiers have squared the passage of Isabel II and a military band has played "God Save the Queen." An anthem that still arouses the rejection of Irish nationalism.

Bent and shovel in hand, the Queen has planted an Irish oak tree in a corner of the presidential palace dedicated to the peace process in Ulster. Tree planting is a tradition that began her great-grandmother Queen Victoria and have followed leaders like Charles de Gaulle and John F. Kennedy.

Among the guests at the palace, many familiar faces and politicians such as John Hume and David Trimble, creditors of the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending violence in Northern Ireland. The trip is surrounded by a huge security deployment. Dublin is a city taken by army troops and police, who sealed the entrances to the center and warn that there will be no crowds bathing in the path of the Queen.

IRA dissidents have announced their intention of attacking the Queen and in the final hours of alerts have planted different parts of the island and the capital. The bomb squad has deactivated an explosive device early morning on a bus line in the Irish town of Maynooth. The bomb was hidden in a suitcase and was ready to explode.

Maynooth artifact is not the only one that has attracted in the last hours the attention of law enforcement. This morning's bomb suspects have been identified in two separate packages of Fairview Park and Phoenix and has gored the vicinity for hours for examination. Polls say that four out of five Irish people are in favor of the visit.

But not like a vociferous minority opposed it and several terrorist groups, who have warned they will try to kill the king and celebrate his presence in Dublin with a bloodbath. In late April, a hooded man in Derry said that the Queen was a target for terrorists and warned that it wanted "for war crimes." Elizabeth II's visit will last until next Friday and the program includes a highly symbolic place for Irish nationalism.

The Queen will leave a wreath at the garden that reminds those who died in the struggle for independence and will visit Croke Park, where the British army shot at close to 14 people.

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