Nonviolent direct action against militarism all over Europe
The European Antimilitarist Network is not a fixed entity, but a flexible network of antimilitarist groups, based on the principle of nonviolent direct action. It includes, but is not limited to, groups formally affiliated to War Resisters' International. As a network, it aims to keep an information flow going between actions, and also to take decisions jointly on the focus for the coming months/year(s).
The following groups presently form the core of the network: War Resisters' International (International), Vredesactie/Bombspotting (Belgium), alternativa antimilitarista-moc (Spain), Ofog – för en kärnvapenfri värld (Sweden), Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft-Vereinigte KriegsdienstgegnerInnen (Germany), Gewaltfreie Aktion Atomwaffen abschaffen (Germany), Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto (AKL – Finland), Transnational Institute (TNI – Netherlands), Trident Ploughshares (Britain), Gruppe für eine Schweiz ohne Armee (GsoA – Switzerland).
The wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, the military operations in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, or the European Union military interventions in Congo and Sudan would not have been possible without the use of military infrastructure in Europe. This military infrastructure – military bases, headquarters, satellite centres, ports, and even civilian airports used by the military – form the backbone for wars and interventions.
The network is convinced that actions of civil disobedience and nonviolent direct actions have an important role to play to stop war, as they throw some spanners into the works of the war machine. It is important to make the step from protesting against war to resisting war!
The increasingly transnational structure of military interventions requires to coordinate resistance activities better.
international [at] bombspotting [dot] be
info [at] wri-irg [dot] org