Civil disobedience/NVDA

Swedish peace activists get four months imprisonment

For breaking into a Saab Bofors arms factory in Eskilstuna, Sweden, and disarming 14 Carl Gustaf bazookas, a local court today sentenced Anna Andersson and Martin Smedjeback to four months imprisonment. The judge dismissed Saab's claim for some 120 000 Euros in damages.

Open letter: Actions of civil disobedience in Strasbourg on 4 April 2009

Commissiaire Hartmann
Prefecture Bas-Rhin
5, Place de la République
67073 STRASBOURG Cédex
Fax : +33 388216155

Dear Mr Hartmann,

We contact you by way of this open letter to inform you about the actions of civil disobedience in relation to the NATO summit, planned by NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO in Strasbourg on 4 April. NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO is an international coalition of organisations and individuals from the peace movement, which jointly call for nonviolent actions of civil disobedience in Strasbourg on 4 April.

Acción noviolenta en la junta de accionistas del BBVA


Protesta y acción contra la Asamblea de Accionistas del BBVA
– Euskalduna, Bilbo, 13-3-2009
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Civil Disobedience Training of BLOCK NATO in Strasbourg


Press Release No. 1

Civil Disobedience Training of BLOCK NATO in Strasbourg

On 3 and 4 April, NATO will meet in Baden-Baden and Strasbourg to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Activists from all over Europe are preparing a wide range of protest activities against this summit.

On 8th March 2009 some 50 activists presented the initiative BLOCK NATO with a public civil disobedience training in Strasbourg to the public.

Vorstellung der Initiative BLOCK NATO mit öffentlichem Aktionstraining

Sonntag, 8. März 2009, 13 Uhr, Place de la République, Strasbourg

Initiativen, Netzwerke und AktivistInnen der Friedens- und Antikriegsbewegung aus mehreren europäischen Ländern haben auf der Aktionskonferenz am 14./15.2.2009 in Strasbourg die Initiative BLOCK NATO gegründet. Die Initiative BLOCK NATO hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, den NATO-Gipfel effektiv zu blockieren und zu stören, indem am Morgen des 4. April tausende Menschen die Zufahrtswege zum Tagungsort in Strasbourg besetzen und den Gipfel so von seiner Infrastruktur abschneiden.

Newsletter Shut down NATO/NATO-ZU - No 1, February 2009

Dear supporters of Shut down NATO,

This is the first newsletter of Shut down NATO (in German: NATO-ZU, in which ZU stands also for Civil disobedience), with which we want to give you information on the status of the preparations for the actions in Baden-Baden and Strasbourg, and especially about the planned nonviolent blockades in which we are involved.

Before 1 April, the first day of the action camp in Strasbourg, we will surely send one or two more newsletters.

This newsletter includes:

Security zones

When NATO meets in Strasbourg, the city will be turned into a military fortress, with up to 25,000 police protecting the NATO summit, and effectively leaving no space for democratic protest.

At the time of going to press, the exact locations of security zones in Strasbourg were not yet known.

However, it is clear that:

► there will at least be two security zones: the neighbourhood around the Palais de Musique et de Congres / Wacken and the cathedral / Palais Rohan

► Until 3 and 4 April, other security zones might emerge

No to NATO
. Resistance activities 1-5 April 2009

Following the international call "No to war - no to NATO", passed at an international preparatory conference in Stuttgart on 5 October 2008, a range of activities are planned for the time of the NATO summit.

These include:

► A camp in Strasbourg from 1-5 April 2009.

► A counter-conference in Strasbourg on 3 April

► Actions of civil disobedience in Baden-Baden on 3 April, to accompany the reception by German chancellor Angela Merkel and the working dinner of the heads of states and governments

NATO and nuclear weapons: a challenge across Europe

It’s time to take nuclear weapons out of Europe. As NATO reaches 60, NATO needs to get the message that we don’t need nuclear weapons and neither does NATO. Designed for the cold war, nuclear weapons are worse than irrelevant in the current security context. Even within the military, such weapons are increasingly perceived as “so last century”, militarily inappropriate and a massive drain on resources which the military claim are needed for conventional wars.

NATO summit 2009: A democracy free zone

When the alliance of democracies meets, there is no space for democracy on the streets

When NATO celebrates its 60th birthday in Baden-Baden, Kehl and Strasbourg on 3 and 4 April 2009, there will be a lot of nice speeches about the values of democracy, and the need to defend democracy against a multitude of threats. But while NATO might talk about democracy, democracy will be temporarily suspended in huge areas of Baden-Baden, Kehl and Strasbourg.

Security zones and “no-go areas”

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