This year there was again a protest and action camp close-by the main gate of Büchel Air Base, where there are still about 20 B61 atomic bombs stored, each with up to 70 times the blast yield of the bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
German Air Force pilots are practicing there with German aircraft to bring these U.S. bombs to the target area and drop them if NATO so orders. This so-called „nuclear sharing“ agreement violates both the German constitution and international law (NPT), and any use or threat to use of nuclear weapons would violate various articles of international law, as the highest court of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, declared in 1996.
For years we have been struggling for the withdrawal of the last nuclear weapons in Germany and for an end to “nuclear sharing.” The previous German government seemed to put that issue on the agenda in 2009, but the present government does the opposite: It has not spoken up for the B61s’ withdrawal, but has even agreed with the so-called “refurbishment” of the B61 which is expected to cost over $10 billion.
Read here about last year’s “Rhythm beats Bombs” 24 hours music blockade at all gates of the “Fliegerhorst Büchel.”
Again this year, between 2nd and 11th of August, using nonviolent civil disobedience we did renew our demands:
- Withdrawal — not refurbishing — of the U.S. atomic bombs in Büchel
- Ban and demolition of all nuclear weapons in the world
We did welcome everybody who agreed with our understanding (is not translated yet) of nonviolent action to join us in the camp and actions. For further information please send us an .