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Réflexions sur le soutien aux « prisonniers de paix »

Paul Magno

États-Unis, juillet 2012, trois activistes en faveur du désarmement : Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice et Michael Walli, participent à une action pacifique directe, baptisée « Transform Now Ploughshares », au Y12 National Security Complex à Oak Ridge au Tennessee. Bien que datant des débuts du projet Manhattan, pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Oak Ridge demeure un maillon essentiel de la capacité de production d’armes nucléaires des États-Unis. Lors de cette opération, les trois activistes traversent le terrain de la réserve fédérale pendant la nuit, franchissent quatre barrières de sécurité et bravent le HEUMF (Highly Enriched Uranium Maintenance Facility), un dépôt de 400 tonnes d’uranium enrichi en quantité suffisante pour la fabrication de 10 000 armes nucléaires. Une fois sur place, ils délimitent le secteur avec du ruban de scène de crime, déploient des bannières aux messages pacifistes et barbouillent les murs du bâtiment avec du sang humain et des messages de paix extraits de la Bible.

La réunion du Comité de l'IRG, London

Date de début: 
11 Sep 2017 - 12 Sep 2017

Previous actions against DSEIPrevious actions against DSEILa réunion du Comité de l'IRG de cette année aura lieu à Londres en septembre, ce qui coïncide avec le salon DSEI – Salon International de l’Equipement de Défense et de Sécurité – le plus grand salon au monde de l'équipement de défense. Nous prendrons part à des activités avant et après le Comité afin de perturber la foire. Le programme de nos activités pour ces événements est comme suit :

  • vendredi 8 septembre : arrivée et préparations.
  • samedi 9 septembre : participation à la grande journée d'action avec CAT -Campagne contre le Commerce des Armes.
  • dimanche 10 septembre : activité publique contre la militarisation internationale et le commerce des armes
  • lundi 11 et mardi 12 septembre: réunion du Comité

Trident Ploughshares month of action at Burghfield AWE

Put Down the Sword activist being cut out of a lock-on tubePut Down the Sword activist being cut out of a lock-on tubeIn the UK, WRI affiliate Trident Ploughshares have held a month of nonviolent action against the construction of nuclear weapons at Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment. WRI affiliates from Finland, Germany and Belgium joined Trident Ploughshares for an international blockade, which led to the construction gate being blockaded for over ten consecutive days. Other actions included a successful attempt by faith groups to blockade every entrance, and a mad hatters tea party!

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European Antimilitarist Network take action at Burghfield

Today we're into the third day of a blockade of the Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, Britain.

The construction gate is hosting an impromptu pop-up peace camp! Here's Tristi from France explaining why she's travelled here - joining WRI members from Trident Ploughshares, DFG-VK (Germany), AKL (Finland) and Agir Pour La Paix (Belgium).

VIDEO: Sister Megan Rice describes Transform Now Plowshares action

In 2012, Megan Rice was part of a group that entered the Oakridge National Laborotory in the United States, where nuclear weapons are developed and weapons-grade uranium is stored. The group - called 'Transform Now Plowshares' - hammered on the storage building, dawbed the walls of the storage building with blood and slogans, and hung banners. All three were arrested, and spent two years in prison.

Video: Sister Megan Rice talk in London

In 2012, Megan Rice was part of a group that entered the Oakridge National Laborotory in the United States, where nuclear weapons are developed and weapons-grade uranium is stored. The group - called 'Transform Now Plowshares' - hammered on the storage building, dawbed the walls of the storage building with blood and slogans, and hung banners. All three were arrested, and spent two years in prison. A detailed written overview of the action can be found here.

Bombspotters on trial

Supporters gather outside the courtSupporters gather outside the courtIn 2012, 7 activists entered the SHAPE military base where NATO makes strategic nuclear weapon decisions. The group called themselves 'the bombspotters', and they took their act of civil disobedience to denounce the presence of nuclear weapons on Belgian soil as part of the NATO Game Over/Bombspotting campaign. They were arrested, and three and a half years later have been put on trial. The seven appeared in court on October 26thand are now awaiting the verdict of their trial. It is possible to send an email in support from this website: https://bomspotters.wordpress.com/nous-soutenir/

Stopping the War Business: Seoul, Republic of Korea

Date de début: 
16 Oct 2015 - 17 Oct 2015

Conference report

Reflections on the conference from participants

Participants can download the reader and practical information below

For antimilitarists, disrupting war profiteering means knocking out the economic pillars that make war inevitable. It goes far beyond the arms trade (although that is an important part of it), and includes all those who fund and profit from war and militarisation.

Disrupting war profiteering takes a whole range of activities, from research, lobbying and legal challenges to mobilisation, direct action and creative campaigning techniques.

This seminar will provide a space for activists using a whole range of different methods to gather together, learn how a spectrum of tactics interlink and help each other to be more effective. It'll answer questions like 'How can we make our direct action more strategic using research? 'How could a public campaign support our lobbying work?' 'What tools or methods can help my campaign be more effective?'

This international seminar Stopping the War Business will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 16-17th October. The seminar is jointly coordinated by World Without War in Korea and international antimilitarist network War Resisters' International.

Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 2015

On Monday 13th April, groups across the world took action on military spending. The Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is now in it's fifth year, and WRI affiliates took action to highlight the huge amounts of money that are wasted on military expenditure across the globe.

In Finland, two WRI affiliates came together to display a banner reading "If we had $1.8 trillion, we'd would #movethemoney to education, renewable energy, healthcare" in multiple languages. Members of South Korean group World Without War are currently touring Europe, met with members of AKL (the Union of Conscientious Objectors), and took part in the action.

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