Shut down NATO - A WRI Campaign against NATO

Dissolve NATO: an alliance for war

NATO was founded ostensibly to defend the “free” West against Soviet expansion. Why then did not NATO dissolve when the Soviet Union disintegrated and Warsaw Pact dissolved? The reason is quite simple: because it had become the main vehicle for the coordination of Western military strategy. What follows is a call for peace activists to commit ourselves to raise the demand for the dissolution of NATO.

Shut down NATO

18 Mar 2009

A nonviolent blockade is likely to constitute an "unlawful assembly" according to CP 431-3 (CP = Code Pénal or French Penal Code) [1]. The possible punishment for "Wilful participation in an unlawful assembly" is - according to CP 431-4, a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to 15,000€ [2].

17 Mar 2009

taking decisions together – acting jointly

Within the coalition NATO-ZU (Shut down NATO) we agreed guidelines for the actions of civil disobedience. These guidelines spell out the objectives, the basis of nonviolence and the principles of decision making; they serve as the foundation of our action and are to be adhered to.

Within our nonviolent action, we want to act jointly according to the action guidelines below. This does not mean that everyone has to accept these guidelines as their own world view – they are only an agreement for this action.

1. Objectives

17 Mar 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.

09 Mar 2009


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.

05 Mar 2009

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.

25 Feb 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:

25 Feb 2009

War Resisters' International is part of the international coalition NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO, which is organising a nonviolent action on 4 April in Strasbourg at the NATO summit.
As a preparation for the action we now send out the English edition of the newsletter of NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO.

Andreas Speck

23 Feb 2009

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

23 Feb 2009

Not only since the end of the Cold War NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – has expanded considerably beyond what could be called the “Northern Atlantic” region. In fact, most of NATO's expansion has been in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. But NATO is more than just a North American and European affair. It now has global connections and partnerships, and some strategists propose to develop NATO into a “global alliance of democracies”.

23 Feb 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