Marcha para a base da Nato em Bétera (Valência) – 17 Dezembro
OCCUPY THE BASES
‘EVICT’ WAR – WE WON’T BE AMMUNITION FOR THEIR CRISIS
Bétera (Valencia). Saturday 17th of December 2011. 11:00 AM
OCCUPATION ? MARCH TO THE NATO BASE IN BÉTERA (VALENCIA) for:
– Expose military squandering in times of severe attacks on social rights
– Demand the closure of the base and the abolition of armies
– Meeting point ? Bétera
– Parade across the town
– March towards the NATO Base
– Occupation of the Base
Saturday 17th of December 2011, 11:00 AM
MARCH TO THE NATO BASE
Starting from the meeting point we will parade across the town with banners and music, and we will then march towards the military quarters to demand its closure. It would be a quite ride and has no legal risks.
Once we reach the surroundings of the quarters some people will get through the fences into the military area.
This will be an action of Nonviolent Civil Disobedience demanding the closure of the base and exposing the military squandering in this times of severe social cuts.
WAR STARTS HERE
Through this action, AA-MOC also wishes to highlight the fact that wars thousands of kilometers from us, such as that of Afghanistan, start actually next to our homes, in facilities such as the military base in Betera, making use of civilian transportation infrastructures. In fact, the Betera base will be designated by NATO in 2012 to command the Land Component of the NATO Response Force, the NATO most interventionist corps, in Afghanistan.
WE WON’T BE AMMUNITION FOR THEIR CRISIS
In addition, we want to emphasize the fact that in the current context of heavy cuts in the health care, education and social services, and strong attack on social rights in general, the military spending remains in its highest levels.
In a time when we are told that ?there is no money? and ?we must all thighten our belts’, we want to remind that one of every ten euros spent by the Spanish government goes to the military, and that 50 million euros a day of public money feed daily the machinery of armed violence. We are told that states must reduce debt by cutting spending, but at the same time the Ministry of Defense owes up to 30.000 million euros in weapon systems purchases to several weapons manufacturers.
We want to expose the immoral and unsustainable squandering of money and social resources that involves just sustaining a military, on top of everything, designed to intervene abroad following the criminal interests of the same political and economic elite that created this crisis.
ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS FOR MILITARY EXPENSES
– 1 soldier in Afghanistan = 11 secondary school teachers
– 1 fighter plane deployed in Libya = 684 health workers
– 1 Aircraft Carrier = 50 hospitals
– 1 Leopard tank = 6 schools
– 1 Eurofighter = 2 hospitals
Military expenditure per habitant per year = monthly unemployment subsidy
We want to decide what is done with our taxes
WE SAY NO TO MILITARY EXPENDING, YES TO SOCIAL SPENDING
This action is organized by Alternativa Antimilitarista?MOC Valencia. In the action AA?MOC groups from Bilbao, Salamanca, Madrid, Zaragoza, Elx and Pamplona will be participating.
Alternativa Antimilitarista-MOC is a countrywide network of local, antimilitaristic, non-violent, grass-root, independent and assembly-functioning groups. AA-MOC is affiliated to War Resisters’ International and is also coordinated wirh similar networks throughout Europe, such as those which organized the non-violent blockade of the Strasbourg NATO summit in April 2009, the blockade against the British nuclear weapons factory of Aldermaston in February 2010, the nonviolent blockade of the NATO summit in Lisbon in November 2010, or the massive entry to the largest weapon test range in Europe (NEAT) in northern Sweden, in July 2011.
“L’única maniobra militar honorable és la retirada”
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