A peace coalition known as the European Antimilitarist Network is planning a nonviolent humanitarian intervention at the NATO headquarters in Brussels this April 1st, 2012. This network of antimilitarist groups is fed up with NATO using the “humanitarian” excuses to justify aggressive military intervention in sovereign nations.
Their website WarStartsHere.eu states “The increasingly transnational structure of military interventions requires activists to coordinate resistance activities better.”
The following groups presently form the core of the network: War Resisters’ International (International), Vredesactie/Bombspotting (Belgium), alternativa antimilitarista-moc (Spain), Ofog – för en kärnvapenfri värld (Sweden), Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft-Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (Germany), Gewaltfreie Aktion Atomwaffen abschaffen (Germany), Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto (AKL – Finland), Transnational Institute (TNI – Netherlands), Trident Ploughshares (Britain), Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee (GsoA – Switzerland).
They stress the need for multinational nonviolent activism to combat the international support system for war:
The wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, the military operations in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, or the European Union military interventions in Congo and Sudan would not have been possible without the use of military infrastructure in Europe. This military infrastructure – military bases, headquarters, satellite centres, ports, and even civilian airports used by the military – form the backbone for wars and interventions.
The network is dedicated to actions of civil disobedience and nonviolent direct actions to stop the death and destruction of needless wars. But they emphasize that protesting is no longer enough to stop the war machine from continuing unabated. It’s time, they say, to “make the step from protesting against war to resisting war!” And that resistance begins in organized fashion on April 1st at NATO’s headquarters in Belgium.
It has never been more urgent to resist serving the war machine in all of it’s capacities. Join their occupation and march on NATO this April.
Please visit and support the War Starts Here coalition today.