Click on the links below to view the press reports about Global Day of Action on Military Spending in Azerbaijan media.
Peace Action, Peace non-profit organization , Pax Christi Flanders , Intal , CNAPD and Agir pour la Paix join the action on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.
The question of 6 billion: Buy new fighter or not?
The next government must decide whether the country will buy new combat aircraft or not. The current F-16s have between 2023 and 2028, after all, their maximum number of flight hours on the meter. Then they are taken out of circulation. It depends on the Defence Minister De Crem if they buy forty Joint Strike Fighters (F 35). That will cost a whopping 6 billion, a towering amount in a period of general savings and economic crisis.
The peace movements find purchasing expensive fighter irresponsible. It is an investment in warfare and military interventions worldwide. Military interventions in Afghanistan caused mainly disruption and destruction. Belgium would therefore be better to invest in constructive alternatives.
Where do we get 6 billion ?
They invited party spokespersons and passers-by to participate in ” the question of 6 billion ” : Belgium must buy new fighter, yes or no ? Defense itself does not have the necessary money so it must come from elsewhere. Participants could choose from the federal budget of 6 billion to : Justice , Interior, Social Security, Health, Environment , Pensions Development.
The main organizer was the initiative No bases (Ne Základnám) that fought against the American missile base in the Czech Republic. It was supported by the platform of Alliance for Labour and Solidarity. The event took place in front of the Czech Foreign ministry and the speeches accented the military – industrial complex power and the foreign policy of the Czech Republic.
L’Union pacifiste de France (UPF), the French section of the International War Resisters featured GDAMS in its online newsletter Union Pacifiste May 2014 (French). UPF advocates for a France without an army and a demilitarised society. It is against all forms of war, arms production and trading.
Press conference for GDAMS with Paul Walker with 4 camera teams, about 15 journalists.
IALANA organized a press conference on global arms spending with a focus on chemical weapons on April 14th in the context of GDAMS. They had invited to the conference, the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize and chemical weapons expert Paul F. Walker, Member of Parliament of the party Die Linke Jan von Aken and Michael Kellner, federal secretary of the Greens, who were interviewed by media representatives. Read here the complete interview.
The World without Wars and Violence with the support of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection organised an action on the global day of action, in Athens to demand the decrease of military spending and the increase of social spending. They met in the center of Athens, in Monastiraki square at 20:00 and formed a peace sign holding lighted torches. They also distributed the leaflet, with information from GDAMS and SIPRI.
A Press Release was launched in Italy on GDAMS day titled ‘GDAMS: in Italy the Global Day of Action will take place on 25 April at the Arena for Peace and Disarmament’ by Italian Disarmament Network (RID). Read here the press release.
This event was a huge success with around 13000 people participating in it. Maurizio Simoncelli from “Archivio Disarmo” (research Institute part of their network) gave a speech about military spending during the event, marking the fact that building Peace must necessarily pass through Disarmament.View here more pictures of the event ‘Arena di pace e disarmo’.
RED ANTIMILITARISTA Y NOVIOLENTA DE ANDALUCÍA
ENTIDADES SOCIALES Y SINDICALES PROPONEN LA DESOBEDIENCIA CIVIL AL GASTO MILITAR DEL IRPF 2013 A TRAVÉS DE LA OBJECIÓN FISCAL
La Red Antimilitarista y Noviolenta de Andalucía (R.A.N.A.), con motivo de los actos internacionales del Gdams 2014 en los que participa (ver: http://www.gdams.org) propone a los contribuyentes de Andalucía que hagan la objeción fiscal a los gastos militares para que en estos momentos de dura crisis social y desempleo, de recortes sociales en sanidad y educación se desvíe la parte del presupuesto de lo militar a necesidades sociales.
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Read here the article on Global Day of Action that was published in El Pais newspaper.
Las Palmas ( Canary Islands)
ACCIÓN EN LA BASE NAVAL DE LAS PALMAS
Activists pave international waters of the Army to report military spending and infrastructure, pointing that “War starts here: let’s stop it here!”
The Alternativa Antimilitarista MOC led 40 international activists enter the waters near the Las Palmas Navy Base to denounce military expenditure and infrastructure. The nonviolent direct action placed the “yellow dotted lines” in the water to symbolize the “cut” to military spending.
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The International Peace Bureau (IPB) seminar on “Military expenditure and its relationship to the purposes of the United Nations” with Jarmo Sareva, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch, Michael Møller, Acting Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Acting Director-General UN Office at Geneva, Helen Wilandh, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) , Colin Archer, Secretary-General, IPB, and Coordinator, Global Day of Action on Military Spending and Prof. Alfred de Zayas, UN Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order.
CND Bradford, CND Leeds
Bradford Action Leeds Action
On Monday 14th April, as part of GDAMS – the Global Day of Action on Military Spending – Action AWE ran a ‘People’s Budget’ game, asking members of the public how they would move the money being wasted on Trident, and handed out leaflets. People were very much split on whether education, the NHS, jobs in green energy or housing were their top priorities – but crucially, no one who played the game wanted to see £100 billion wasted on Trident!
Events like this proved really useful for getting the word out about Aldermaston and Burghfield, too; most people were against replacing Trident, but very few connected this up with the billions being spent every year at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, even though it is just a few miles down the road.
14 April, Coventry.
Paul McGowan reports on GDAMS vigil/event in Coventry
Pax Christi and Stop the War Campaigners against the use of Council Tax money to invest in arms companies such as Lockheed Martin attempted to present a lunchtime letter of protest to the firm’s offices in Coventry University’s Technology Park. We were prevented from entering the site by security guards who had been posted there since 7am, in anticipation of any such activity. Eventually, it was agreed that the security guards would deliver the letter, which calls on Lockheed Martin to explain whether they continue to be involved in the manufacture of cluster bombs. Later in the day, campaigners distributed leaflets in the city centre, explaining the Council’s complicity in the funding of arms companies out of Council Tax money. Postcards illustrating alternatives to military spending, a petition to scarp Trident, and a People’s Budget to allow citizens to declare their own spending priorities were used to publicise the Global Day Against Military Spending. No member of the public thought that money should be spent on renewing Trident. Arms companies involved in the Trident programme include Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, all of whom have links to Coventry (the ‘City of Peace and Reconciliation’, as it likes to be known), and receive public funding through investments of Council Tax money in the West Midlands Pension Fund.
14 April, Oxford
Anne Dodd reports on Global Day of Military Action in Oxford
A small group of Pax Christi members and the Fellowship of Reconciliation were, together, a visually colourful presence on Bonn Square, Oxford on Monday, 14th April. A big home-made banner clearly showed passersby the reason we were there; some took up the invitation to take part in the survey we did with the Budget Game. Using buttons and jars, people were invited to reallocate some or all of the £40 billion annual UK Defence Budget. Education and Healthcare proved the most popular choices for “reallocated” military funding. A children`s see-saw, with an army helmet on one end and a medical cap on the other was part of the effort to “shift priorities” in the thinking on Global and National spending. The “shifting priorities” postcards, produced by Pax Christi, were used to distribute to passersby. It was good to know that the Oxford event was one of many, nationally and globally. Shifting priorities will be a long haul but the Global Day of Action on Military Spending is a valuable opportunity in this.
They also handed out hundreds of leaflet’s, postcards and flyers, and had lots of good conversations with a broad range of people. It felt clear that people wanted to engage in the issue, and interestingly, some people were worried about the recent crisis in Russia, and felt that Trident was keeping the UK safe by acting as a deterrent; it was a strong reminder that that the narrative of nuclear deterrence is still strong.