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Acciones antimilitaristas europeas

Durante los meses de mayo y junio, afiliados de la IRG de toda Europa han realizado acciones contra los especuladores de la guerra y el ejército. El 26 de mayo, "Suiza sin ejército" bloqueó la entrada a uns instalaciones militares para obstaculizar un acto de ventas de Drones de la empresa Elbit Systems. El mismo día, el afiliado belga Vredesactie y Agir Pour La Paix ocupó las oficinas de cuatro partidos del gobierno en protesta por el plan de adquirir nuevos aviones caza F-35. El 8 de mayo, diez activistas turcos protestaron contra la feria de armamento IDEF 2015 que se celebraba en Estambul, a pesar de la fuerte represión policial (puede verse un video de su declaración en turco aquí). Unos días más tarde, comerciantes de armas que asistían a la feria IDET en Brno, República Checa, fueron recibidos en la feria por un grupo de Parcas y una pancarta que rezaba "La muerte acecha en Brno".

Acabar con el negocio de la guerra: Seminario internacional contra la especulación bélica en Seúl, Corea del Sur, 16-17 de octubre

ADEX action 2013ADEX action 2013

En octubre de 2015, la Internacional de Resistentes a la Guerra y nuestro afiliado de Corea del Sur, Mundo Sin Guerras, acogerán un seminario internacional contra la especulación bélica. Este seminario ofrecerá un espacio para activistas que utilizan una amplia gama de métodos distintos para juntarse, aprender sobre cómo se vinculan toda una serie de tácticas y ayudarse mutuamente a ser más eficaces. El seminario coincidirá con la reunión del Consejo de la IRG e irá seguido de una acción directa noviolenta contra la feria de armamento ADEX, que tendrá lugar en Seúl y es la mayor feria de armamento de Asia. Para obtener más información y el formulario de inscripción, puedes consultar: http://www.wri-irg.org/es/node/24648

CO Association protest IDEF 2015 arms fair in Istanbul

IDEF TurkeyIDEF TurkeyAround ten protesters met today in front of the IDEF 2015 Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul. The protesters, who came together with the call of Conscientious Objection Association were met with heavy police presence including 15 civilian police, tens of riot police and one water cannon truck.

Despite attempts to prevent the protest by the police, the protesters read their statement in front of the building. “President Erdogan opened the fair by saying 'I hope this fair will bring fortune to the peoples of the world'. But the weapons that are present here will bring only death to the people all around the world” told Merve Arkun, the co-president of Conscientious Objection Association. Arkun criticized the increase of defense budgets worldwide, reaching to 1.6 trillion Euro per year. “The taxes taken from the poor peoples are spent for developing weapons of mass destruction. We're calling the states to stop their arms race” she told. Arkun ended her speech by referring to the latest developments in the defense industry like self guiding bullets and autonomous UAV's and telling “Don't forget that these weapons are killing people all over the world every day. You can never know when you'll be the next target. Militarism kills”.

La reunión anual de la Red Europea contra el Comercio de Armas tendrá lugar en la República Checa

Del 15 al 17 de Mayo, la Red Europea contra el Comercio de Armas (ENAAT) se reunirá en Brno, en la República Checa. El objetivo del encuentro, organizado por NESEHNUTÍ (miembro local de la ENAAT), no es únicamente para discutir tendencias actuales en el comercio de armas europeo, sino también para fortalecer la cooperación entre los miembros de campañas contra la exportación armamentística.

The Kwerekwere are stealing our jobs! Instead, stop the wars…

Terry Crawford-Browne

Terry Crawford-Browne is a former international banker who became a peace activist during the 1980s. He lives in Cape Town.

Renewed xenophobic violence in South Africa has appalled the world. The violence is directed at black African refugees, not white beneficiaries of the past apartheid era, yet reminiscent of the apartheid era, the response of a bewildered government is to send the army into affected townships, rather than address the root causes of massive migrations in Africa.

The Guardian newspaper reported in England “with every outbreak of xenophobic violence, the refrain is the same: ‘the kwerekwere (foreigners) are stealing our jobs. Shops are torched. Streets are barricaded... Mobs hound Somalis, Mozambicans, Zimbabweans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis from their homes and businesses.”i

No more weapons to the Middle East

Wendela de Vries describes the action Stop Wapenhandel took against the presence of Dutch companies at the IDEX arms fair.

Global Day of Action on Military Spending 2015

GDAMS 2014 action on the Canary IslandsGDAMS 2014 action on the Canary IslandsThe Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is an annual, international day of action against the huge expenditure by governments across the world on militaries, this year taking place on the 13th April 2015. Last year, the Latin America Antimilitarist Network released a statement demanding that resources are invested in society, not the military. As in previous years, WRI will be supporting the day, and inviting affiliates from across the world to take action to challenge to challenge spending on the military in their own context.

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Joint international action to Stop the Shipment of South Korean Tear Gas to Turkey

Seoul action by World Without WarSeoul action by World Without War

On 10 February groups in South Korea (World Without War), Turkey (Ban Tear Gas Initiative), the UK (Campaign Against Arms Trade and War Resisters' International) took action to demand that a shipment of South Korean tear gas to Turkey be stopped. In recent years, Turkey has repeatedly abused the rights of protesters with the weaponised use of tear gas at demonstrations. But despite human rights concerns, South Korea have issued export licences granting the export of nearly 1.65 million tear gas canisters and grenades to Turkey. At the action in Istanbul protesters were met by riot police, in the words of one of the organisers: "In front of the Korean embassy, 2 full buses of armed riot police, 1 water cannon vehicle, 10 cars of undercover cops were waiting. The consulate general is in a plaza and they didn't let us in. After the protest, the police tried to block us from entering but we reached the Korean embassy employees and delivered the letter to them. Too many press were with us!" (see photos).

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