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Movements in NATO countries mobilize against war – Workers World

With an avalanche of anti-Russian propaganda in NATO and other European Union countries – and in the United States – the mainstream media has created an obstacle to mobilizing anti-war action. . Nevertheless, the high economic cost of war, including much higher commodity prices and shortages of energy sources, created an opening that anti-imperialist and anti-war activists began to expand.

In Germany, the anti-war movement called for coordinated actions in cities across the country on October 1. In Spain, at least one coalition has called, in its Madrid platform, to mobilize all parts of the Spanish state against NATO aggression and to secure military bases. In Austria, where a demonstration took place on September 24, the Coalition for Austrian Self-Determination is calling for Austria to be brought back to its historic position of neutrality.

In the United States, the United National Antiwar Coalition has called for protests the week of October 15-22 in more than 30 cities.

Anti-NATO demonstration in Madrid.

Massive demonstrations took place weeks ago in Prague, Czechia and many French cities opposed to war – and to the costs of war, which are borne by the European working class and poor, even more intensely than ‘in the USA. Shortages of fuel to heat homes in winter and enormously higher energy prices will inflict direct pain on the poorest sectors of European capitalist society.

While some mobilizations criticize the Russian decision to intervene militarily, their declarations all emphasize the provocations on the US-NATO side: bringing military bases closer and closer to the Russian borders since 1990; the NATO-backed civil war against the eastern regions of Ukraine since 2014; and the criminal nature of the sanctions imposed on Russia.

Initiative in Germany

Willi van Ooyen, a prominent activist and veteran of the anti-war movement in Germany and former leader of the Die Linke parliamentary group in the state of Hesse, explained why the movement called for protests on October 1 in an interview from September 24 in the German daily, Junge Welt: Because the government has increased the military budget with almost no discussion, “we want to act now and make it clear that military spending must not continue to increase. Instead, more money is urgently needed to tackle poverty and the climate crisis.

“A higher than average number of small initiatives will participate in the event. The number will increase in the coming days. If you want to be present in many places, it means that bigger actions cannot be organized everywhere. Nevertheless, we are convinced that we will clearly express our demand for disarmament rather than rearmament. Especially since we will also be present on the streets of large cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main or Munich.

Regarding the high prices of food and energy, he said: “Huge sums are being spent on senseless armament projects and, ultimately, on preparations for war – not on what the locals of this country really need. We want to integrate our peace policy demands into the current social protests. Our common theme is the unequal distribution of wealth.