NATO anniversary to be marked with protest at London HQ

By agency reporter
April 1, 2019

To mark the 70th anniversary of NATO, campaigners will gather at the military alliance’s London HQ in Northwood, North West London.

Protesters will carry No To Nato placards and a letter will be delivered, calling for NATO to be disbanded, highlighting concerns about NATO’s aggressive role on the world stage, in particular, its nuclear weapons posture.

The event, organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Stop the War Coalition, will take place between 11am and noon on Tuesday 2 April 2019. Representatives of the organisations will address the protest before the letter is delivered by a delegation.

The anniversary comes ahead of a major NATO summit taking place in London in December, at which Donald Trump is expected to be in attendance. CND is preparing to mobilise hundreds of thousands of protesters, building on the protests that took place during Trump’s visit to Britain last year.

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: “Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has expanded territorially, changed its mission statement from a defensive to an aggressive posture and embarked on a series of wars, of which their intervention in Afghanistan is getting on for two decades long.

“NATO’s activities have turned the end of the Cold War from a unique opportunity for new diplomacy and peaceful development into a new era of global tension, encircling Russia and China thereby creating the conditions for a new Cold War, tearing up international legal norms, notably around national sovereignty, and introducing bogus notions of ‘humanitarian war’.”

* Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament https://cnduk.org/

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