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International demonstration against NATO


International demonstration against NATO     
Written by Stewart office     
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 
On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the NATO military organisation, we appeal to all people to come to Strasbourg and Kehl in April 2009, to protest against NATO's aggressive military and nuclear policies, and assert our vision of a just world free of war.

NATO is an increasing obstacle to achieving world peace. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has reinvented itself as a tool for military action by the "international community", including the promotion of the so-called "war on terror". In reality it is a vehicle for US-led use of force with military bases on all continents, bypassing the United Nations and the system of international law, accelerating militarisation and escalating arms expenditure - NATO countries account for 75% of global military expenditure. Pursuing that expansionist agenda since 1991, designed to advance strategic and resource interests, NATO has waged war in the Balkans, under the guise of so-called "humanitarian war", and has waged seven years of brutal war in Afghanistan, where the tragic situation is escalating and the war has expanded into Pakistan.

In Europe NATO is worsening tensions, feeding the arms race with so-called "missile defence", a massive nuclear arsenal and a nuclear first strike policy. EU policy is increasingly tied to NATO. NATO's ongoing and potential expansion into eastern Europe and beyond, and its "out of area" operations are making the world a more dangerous place. The conflict in the Caucasus is a clear indication of the dangers. Each advance of the NATO border increases the possibility of war, including the use of nuclear weapons.

To achieve our vision of a peaceful world, we reject military responses to global and regional crises - these are part of the problem not part of the solution. We refuse to live under the terror of nuclear weapons, and reject a new arms race. We must decrease military expenditure - directing resources instead to meeting human needs. We must close down all foreign military bases. We oppose all military structures used for military intervention. We must democratise and demilitarise the relations between peoples and establish new forms of peaceful cooperation to build a more secure and just world.

We call on you to spread this message in your communities and movements, to come to Strasbourg and Kehl and to make this vision a reality. We believe that a world of peace is possible.

No to war
No to NATO.

The activities during the anti-NATO protest will include a demonstration on Saturday 4th April, an international conference from Thursday 2nd April to Sunday 5th April, direct action and civil disobedience, and an international resistance camp from Wednesday 1st April to Sunday 5th April. 

Protest Against NATO launched     
Written by Chris Nineham     
Thursday, 09 October 2008 
Last weekend one hundred delegates from the anti war and peace movements from 16 countries met in Germany to plan protests at NATO's 60th conference from the 2nd to the 5th April 2009.

The call for the protests is extremely timely. NATO has become the key vehicle for the US and its allies to pursue their wars.

The push for NATO expansion was the main cause of the conflict in Georgia.

NATO is taking the lead in the disastrous occupation of Afghanistan.

The meeting pledged to bring together all the different strands of opposition to war and militarism in the biggest possible series of protests Events will include direct action, civil disobedience, a counter conference and a mass demonstration on Saturday 4th April.

The Stop the War Coalition is backing the protests. We will be organising transport and mobilising as widely as possible.

The conference produced the following call for the protests .

We are asking all our supporters to distribute it and get as many organisations as possible to back it.


NATO demonstration in Strasbourg 2-5 April 2009     
Written by Stewart office     
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was set up at the height of the Cold War to oppose the USSR. Today NATO is being expanded eastwards, and is the occupying force in Afghanistan. NATO expansion was the trigger for the war in Georgia in August 2008.

There will be an international demonstration at the NATO meeting in Strasbourg on 2-5 April 2009. Anti-war groups from across the world will meet to oppose any further expasion of NATO and demand an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. Read the call to the conference here .

President Barack Obama has said that he will send more troops to Afghanistan. The British Ambassador to Kabul, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has said that sending more troops to Afghanistan would make the situation worse.



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