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War is a Crime against Humanity: The Story of The War Resisters' International

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European Antimilitarist Network take action at Burghfield

Today we're into the third day of a blockade of the Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, Britain.

The construction gate is hosting an impromptu pop-up peace camp! Here's Tristi from France explaining why she's travelled here - joining WRI members from Trident Ploughshares, DFG-VK (Germany), AKL (Finland) and Agir Pour La Paix (Belgium).

#COday 2016: actions around the world to celebrate conscientious objection to militarism

Photo: Ruth Davey/www.look-again.orgPhoto: Ruth Davey/www.look-again.org

I spent the weekend in the good company of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), a European umbrella organisation campaigning for the rights of conscientious objectors. In their 30+ year history, EBCO have never before met in Britain. They chose to on this occasionat the invitation of the First World War Peace Forum, a group of British peace groups working to give an alternative, antimiltiarist view of the centenary memorials to the first World War, which in Britain have been an excuse for nationalism and militarism.

Put arms dealers on trial, not peace activists

Alongside other peace activists, WRI members from around Europe are in court in London from next Monday on trial for their disruption of the DSEI arms fair in September last year.
Anyone available to join us in solidarity in the Court next week, check out Stop The Arms Fair Facebook event for info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716179711938981/
Use #stopDSEI to share you solidarity with Javier, Bram, Luis and others in the run up to their court appearance next week.

Launch of antimilitarist magazine


What: Rompiendo Filas ('breaking ranks') is the 'call to action' and the name of the publication that the Latin American Antimilitarist Network is launching this week. The publication is a response to the challenge of linking reflection, experience and the possibility of change, and for that we bring into dialogue places and voices committed to antimilitarism in Latin America. The publication will come out every six months and it comes with articles, essays, interviews, and stories that reflect the daily experiences and common areas of resistance to militarism in the region. 

Abraham Mehreteab - ein Nachruf

Am vergangenen Montag verstarb Abraham Mehreteab in Offenbach am Main. Er war seit Jahren für die Eritreische Antimilitaristische Initiative aktiv und hatte zuletzt das Handbuch für gewaltfreie Kampagnen sowie die Broschüre Von der Diktatur zur Demokratie ins Tigrinische übersetzt und innerhalb der eritreischen Community verbreitet.

Bereits mit 10 Jahren musste er unter den Folgen des Krieges in seinem Heimatland leiden. Beim Spielen explodierte eine Mine in seiner Hand. Dabei verlor er seinen rechten Arm und war zunächst praktisch blind. Trotzdem machte er sein Abitur und konnte schließlich ein Jurastudium an der Universität Asmara im neu gegründeten Staat Eritrea aufnehmen.

Direct action against NATO's Trident Juncture war games in Barbate, Cádiz

Happening now: direct action against NATO's Trident Juncture military exercises that are taking place across Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Members of the European Antimilitarist Network join antimilitarists from state of Spain.

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Seoul: Activists disrupt arms dealers' welcome dinner

Photo: Sarah WaldronPhoto: Sarah Waldron

After the Stopping the War Business seminar, WRI and World Without War activists took action to disrupt the welcome dinner for the ADEX arms fair in Seoul.

Inside the hotel that was hosting the dinner, activists held banners, chanted 'Stop Arms Trade', and flung money strewn with 'blood' on the ground. They were forceably removed by security, but caught the attention of over around 100 'VIPs', arms dealers and members of the military.

Photo: Mohannad DarabeePhoto: Mohannad Darabee

Outside, protesters held a rally, with speakers, songs, a die-in and a dance, in full view of the buses of arms dealers arriving for the dinner.

Wolfgang Zucht

WRI is sad to announce the death of Wolfgang Zucht, who died on 17 September 2015. Wolfgang was an activist, long-time member of WRI sections in Germany (the Federation of Nonviolent Action Groups and of IdK Berlin), and ran a libertarian-nonviolent publishing house, WeZuCo.

We are happy to pass on messages to Helga Weber, Wolfgang's partner, which you can send to info@wri-irg.org

See Wolfgang Zucht - Gedenkseite

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