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(sup) [LPA] (en) 5-minute traffic jam for peace: every day at 12 o'clock!

From ralf@anarch.free.de (Ralf Landmesser)
Date Thu, 20 Mar 2003 11:20:07 +0100 (CET)

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source: srv@schwarzrotbuch.de - translation: TRANSLATER@compuserve.com
STOP FOR PEACE! Stop the War Machinery. Stop the War Lords.

Dear anti-war activists and anti-militarists,

It is five minutes to high noon. It is now time to go over to daily
demonstrations and rallies. When I noticed at the "chain of lights"
demonstration in Berlin on March 15th that the traffic continued to roll
more-or-less unhindered, and that the police gave it the highest priority,
I had the following IDEA:

EVERY day at 5 minutes to 12, motor vehicles in the cities of the world
slow down carefully, and come to a halt where they are.

At the same time, the drivers switch on their flashing warning lights, and
remain halted until 12 o'clock -- at noon and at midnight.

This brief standstill is meant to symbolize the fact that the seemingly
unstoppable war machine can be brought to a standstill. The flashing warning
lights are meant to symbolize the fact that great danger is imminent.

(Non-motorists can participate by displaying red blinking LED lights in the
windows of their home or office, and letting them flash until 12 o'clock
-- a candle will do if nothing better is available.)

Perhaps this could be combined with a daily five-minute work stoppage until
the U.S. armada has been disbanded and returned to its home ports. At the
moment, impeachment proceedings against President Bush are being initiated,
to remove this administration from office; that is probably the only chance
for peace.

This STOP will lead to discussions and people taking thought, and mean a
small economic loss and delay. If millions, perhaps billions of people take
part in this action voluntarily or involuntarily throughout the world, it
can serve to show the way.

This will certainly not be enough on its own, and every conceivable form
of resistance to war and destruction must be utilized, including much more
massive ones if necessary, but STOP FOR PEACE! could set an example uniting
all people of good will throughout the world.

Please translate this call into as many languages as possible, and
distribute it all over the world.

Yours antimilitaristically,

R@lf G. Landmesser, publicist



(Translated from the German by Tim Slater)

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