[A-List] NATO threatens to keep bombing....
tal1 at cogeco.ca
Sat Jun 13 02:21:40 MDT 2009
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Subject: [stopnato] NATO threatens to keep bombing....
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NATO Threatens to Keep Bombing as 6 More Peace Activists Enter Bombing Range
NATO has threatened to continue a live-fire bombing exercise in Swedish
Lapland despite the presence of six (6) peace activists in the bombing area.
The activists, all members of the Swedish anti-militarist network Ofog, aim
to disrupt the exercise and prevent NATO from practising for war. The
exercise involves 10 countries and around 2000 soldiers, 1000 of which are
based aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.
This is the third day running that Ofog has entered the restricted military
area being use for the exercise. The first group of three people entered
shortly before midnight and remain at large in the bombing range 15 hours
later. The second entered around midday.
“NATO is the worlds biggest war machine and nuclear weapons club. This
aerial exercise in northern Sweden is their largest this year and is
designed to make the NATO Response Force even more able to attack wherever
they want. 90% of those who are killed in NATO's wars are civilians. It is
our responsibility as human beings to do all we can to stop this exercise.”
said Miriam Cordts from Västerås in Sweden, one of the activists in the
The NATO response to the activists presence was first to attempt to deny
that the activists were there (despite photos proving otherwise on the Ofog
website) and then to claim that they will continue bombing anyway. “We have
not been given any restrictions on continuing the exercise from FMV, who are
responsible for the firing range” said Sara Burlage, information officer at
the F21 base co-ordinating the exercise, to Swedish TV news program
“We know that NATO bombs civilians, but this is the first time they have
threatened to bomb civilians in Sweden” said an Ofog spokesperson. “This is
the third time this week that a group from Ofog has gone into the military
area. We have never lied about going in. It is a safety issue. It is NATO
who are dropping bombs so it is NATO who must be able to guarantee that
there are no civilians in the firing range.”
“NATO is a nuclear weapon alliance who through threats and violence strives
to maintain and extend its control of the worlds natural resources. We are
just some of many who oppose that. I see it as my duty as a human being to
do all I can so that no-one gets better at dropping deadly bombs.” said
Henrik Olsson, one of the activists inside the firing range.
For more information contact +46 733 815361 or info at ofog.org We can reply to
queries in either English or Swedish.
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