April 3: a European Day of Action against nuclear weapons
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On April 3rd not only the base of Kleine Brogel got a visit by peace activists. One month prior to the NPT Review Conference non-violent (direct) actions took place at all European Nuclear Weapons Bases in Germany, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey. In short, at all place in Europe where nuclear weapons are stored.
The European Day of Action on April 3rd was officially launched on February 15th 2010. Activists from all over Europe, among which Belgian bomspotters, blocked the British nuclear weapons factory in Aldermaston. The European resistance to nuclear weapons has a common message: nuclear disarmament is urgent. The enduring nuclear weapons politics does not bring safety but rather gives an impulse to the spread of nuclear weapons.
“The United States will take concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.”
B. Obama, april 09
« We are also of the opinion that the remaining US nuclear warheads should be withdrawn from German territory. «
H. Schmidt (former German chancellor), R. von Weizsaecker (former German President), E. Bahr (former German federal minister), H. Genscher (former German minister of Foreign affairs), january 09
« Substantial progress towards a dramatic reduction in the world’s nuclear weapons is possible. …We must act before it is too late. »
Lord Robertson of Port Ellen (former NATO secretary-general), june 2008
» It is simple: how can you convince someone not to smoke while you have a cigarette dangling from your lips? As President Obama pointed out in his landmark Prague speech, serious nuclear disarmament is essential if the nuclear-weapon States are to have the moral authority to deal with the challenges facing the non-proliferation regime. »
M. El Baradei (secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency), september 09
« A noble dream just several years ago, the elimination of nuclear arms is no longer the idea of populists and pacifists; it is now a call of professionals—politicians known for their sense of realism and academics for their sense of responsibility. »
A. Kwasniewski and L. Walesa (former Polish presidents), T. Mazowiecki, (former Polish prime minister), april 09
« Actually, we have no choice. The best – and perhaps the only – way to prevent nuclear weapons being used is to remove them. »
O. Nordli, G. Harlem Brundtland, K. Willoch, K. Magne Bondevik (former Norwegian prime ministers), T. Stoltenberg (former Norwegian minister of Foreign Affairs), june 09