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Peace activists in failed bid to swarm NATO HQ
AFP ^ | 2 hrs 28 mins ago

Posted on 04/01/2012 2:33:12 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police.

The demonstration, organised by the Belgian association Action for Peace two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was called to protest the alliance's intervention in Afghanistan and Libya, and nuclear arming.

"No demonstrator was able to enter NATO headquarters," spokesman for Brussels police, Christian De Coninck, told AFP. "We detained 483 people for questioning and all of them should be free in the evening."

De Coninck said no one was hurt and no damage was reported.

Demonstrators crossed fields and sought to climb over fences leading to the NATO compound, but were stopped by a large police presence, some on horseback, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

"We neither want the anti-missile shield, nor intervention by NATO in Libya or Afghanistan, nor nuclear bombs that are illegal in our country," said Benoit Calvi, a spokesman for Action for Peace.

Demonstrators shouted "No more NATO", "We want peace now" and "NATO Game Over".

"A military alliance that intervenes all over the world and has nuclear weapons is a threat to world peace," said Action for Peace.

Some "500 to 600 policemen" were deployed to counter the demonstration, a policeman said.

Demonstrators, most of them in their twenties, were from Belgium but also arrived from Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

Those stopped by the police were made to sit in lines with their hands tied behind their back.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: cap; nato

1 posted on 04/01/2012 2:33:16 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

There are apparently few people less “peaceful” than “peace activists”;)

2 posted on 04/01/2012 2:36:44 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: DeaconBenjamin
? . . . Peace . . . Activists ?
3 posted on 04/01/2012 2:48:35 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Another EPIC FAIL for the Al Qaeda-loving, flippin’ hippies. It’s going to take a lot of recreational drugs and “free love” for them to get over this one.

4 posted on 04/01/2012 2:50:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"We detained 483 people for questioning..."

Questioning? What might they know that's worth asking about?

5 posted on 04/01/2012 2:53:28 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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Citizen's Action for Peace, (CAP), is the successor to, or perhaps the continuation of, the Redlands Peace Group, which began in 1980. CAP began in September of 2002 in response to the buildup to the war in Iraq. CAP works toward the realization of a more equitable, democratic, and safer world through nonviolent political and social action. CAP is not officially affiliated with any national or international organization although communication and cooperative action with many other groups whose goals and beliefs are similar is a frequent occurrence. CAP is funded entirely through individual donations. These are not tax deductible as that status limits the kinds of political actions in which a group may become involved.


We believe in the power of non-violence.
We believe that war is not a legitamate toool for achieving political goals.
We believe that dissent is often the most American and most patriotic act a citizen may perform.
We work for justice for all people; politically and economically, both at home and abroad.
We strive for a cleaner and more sustainable environment for ourselves and our prosperity.
We seek to educate ourselves and our community about the vital issues of these challenging times.


Apparently not believing spell check is a legitimate tool, either.

6 posted on 04/01/2012 3:00:19 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: Hunton Peck

They want their e-mail addresses to sell to Google who will then fill their real and cyber mail boxes with junk mail:)

7 posted on 04/01/2012 3:19:16 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I can buy their theme:"No more NATO", "NATO Game Over".

8 posted on 04/01/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Looks like Godfather Emmanuel can protect the elites in the city, but when it comes to protecting black people who live there, he isn’t doing so hot: murder is up 56% in Chicago this year.

9 posted on 04/01/2012 3:34:36 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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