Mon. July 28, 2014
As Nato member countries, including the UK, prepare for military exercises in the Ukraine next month as part of NATO’s Rapid Trident manoeuvres, the momentum for organised resistance to this year’s Nato summit in Newport has grown. The increasing sectarian violence in Iraq over the last few weeks has shown the invasion of Iraq has failed by every measure.
All the leaders of the key Western powers will be in South Wales for the Nato summit and we need the biggest possible protests to force them to break from their aggressive foreign policy.
Large public meetings have been held by local CND and Stop the War groups, more meetings are planned, and coaches from around the UK are being organised to mobilise as many people as possible for the mass demonstration in Newport on the 30 August. A whole week of protest is planned during the week of the summit, details of which you can find below.
Here is an outline of the protest events called by CND, Stop the War, No to War: No to Nato and No to Nato Newport. Full details will be published as they emerge.
PROTESTS 30 August to 5 September
DEMONSTRATE Saturday 30 August, Mass demonstration through central Newport.
Assembles 1pm at the Civic Centre Car Park and marches around the town Centre ending at Westgate Square for a rally.
COUNTER-SUMMIT Sunday 31 August to Monday 1 September, Cardiff and Newport
Sunday 31 August
Counter Summit in Cardiff, County Hall, CF10 4UW
10am – 5.30pm speakers include Boris Kagarlitsky, Joseph Gerson, Medea Benjamin, Margaretta D’Arcy, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Paul Flynn MP, Kate Hudson.
Monday 1st September
Newport Alternative Summit
Pill Mill , 10.00 – 5pm. Subjects include: Drones, Women and War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Non Proliferation Treaty.
Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd September
More details soon.
Thursday 4th September
First day of NATO Summit
Mass action and march on the Celtic Manor. Gather at 12.00, Cenotaph, Clarence Place, Newport NP11 6DG.
Friday 5th September
Final day of Summit
Direct Actions. Street Theatre.
Help us build the No to Nato protest
• Share the No New Wars No to Nato Facebook event with your contacts
• Sign and share the petition to stop Nato’s Rapid Trident manoeuvres in July
• Order the No to Nato protest postcards, which contain details of the week of action, to build the event in your area. Call Stop the War at 020 7561 4830
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why you should join the protests
Wales could see its biggest protests in a generation as world leaders meet at the |Celtic Manor in Newport for the NATO summit on 4-5 September to plan their war on the world.
NATO expansion has created dangerous crisis in Ukraine which threatens a regional war. NATO’s nuclear armed alliance binds Europe to US foreign policy (including hosting US nuclear weapons in Europe) a foreign policy increasingly unpopular around the world. It is also the military alliance currently occupying Afghanistan.
War is the enemy of the poor. At this year’s summit the US will be pressuring Western powers to increase their already huge military budgets at a time when poverty and inequality are soaring. The UK spends around £3 billion per year maintaining the Trident nuclear weapon system – and its replacement will cost £100 billion over its lifetime.
The world’s 85 richest people have as much as the poorest 3.5 billion. Money into war is money out of our communities. In the UK, 500,000 people had to resort to food banks last year. None of the cuts would be necessary if the sums Britain spends on its military and armaments were invested in social need instead of the war machine.
This autumn the powerful will make their voices heard at the NATO summit. We must make sure that the voice of the millions around the world who need peace and justice is also heard.