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(en) reclaim the bases: global antimilitarist call to action

From antimoc valencia* <retirada@xarxaneta.org>
Date Sun, 17 Apr 2005 18:51:47 +0200 (CEST)

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Hello chums, greetings from "alternativa antimilitarista-moc" groups. We
are pleased to invite you to a MAY of protest, direct action and civil
disobedience, at all military bases throughout the world. This
international Call to Action becomes open to all activists, groups and
networks interested in the antimilitarist work, and claims for the closing
down of all the military instalations and its devolution to society for a
social an ecological use. Reclaim the Bases: not even an inch for war. We
don’t want to be part of a global war that makes all of us be potential
victims. We must look beyond the wars in the headlines towards an effort
to desmantle the whole military infrastructure in our society.

Activities can include citizens weapons inspections, nonviolent blockades
of military bases, headquarters, recruitment offices, or weapons
manufacturers, vigils and demonstrations in front of military bases, and
many other creative actions.

In the next weeks, a number of actions at military sites throughout Spain
will take place. Marchs, direct actions and civil inspections are planned
at the NATO Response Force HQ in Valencia, the US aero-naval base in Rota
(Cádiz), the exercise camp in San Gregorio (Zaragoza), the shooting camp
in and Bardenas (Navarra), the radar base of Aitana (Alicante), and the
NBC warfare facilities in La Marañosa (Madrid), among other military
installations that definitely turn the Spanish territory into a gigantic
training and military agression platform that points towards the South.

The capitalist exploitation and its armed defence on a global scale are
the two sides of the coin of a system with no scruples, based upon the
profit of a minority and upon our submission. The era we are starting is
one of military strategy, the globalization of militarism: the liquidation
of liberties inside, and the merciless global war outside.

We need, then, to bring about, among all the social movements, world
action for the demilitarisation and for the abolition of the armies, for a
culture of peace which facilitates a radical change to recover the
direction of our lifes. We want to break the supposed ’consensus’, which
has been imposed through the corporative media, over the origins and the
solutions to violence. We want in this month to make space for public
discussion and direct action, for a joint action between antimilitarist
and anticapitalist movements and the other struggles against all the other
forms of oppression.

This Call to Action wants to promote nonviolence, civil disobedience, and
antimilitarism, and it is a good opportunity to remember, once again, the
War Resisters’ International declaration: "War is a crime against
humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to
strive for the removal of all causes of war"

alternativa antimilitarista-moc and friends.

"L'única maniobra militar honorable és la retirada"

alternativa antimilitarista - moc valència
roger de flor 8 baix-dta.
46001 valència
* [Ed. Note: 'Alternativa antimilitarista - moc' is
a network of anti-hierarchical, antiautoritharian, autonomous,
independent, antimilitarist, direct action groups.]

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