More than 100 organisations back week of anti-Nato protests

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PROTESTERS claim more than 100 organisations have backed a statement calling for a week of protests in the week leading up to the Nato summit.

The statement, issued by No Nato Newport and a coalition of Welsh anti-war, anti-cuts, trade union, community and faith groups, calls for marches and a peace camp to be set up in the city from August 30.

A spokeswoman for the umbrella group No Nato Newport said: “From August 30, thousands of people from all over the world will flock to Wales, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Newport for a week of action including marches, a peace camp and a People’s Summit to debate alternatives.

“The week of protest will open with an eve of summit a march through Newport city centre on Saturday, August 30, led by delegations of trade unionists, anti-war veterans and peace activists from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece and elsewhere. We expect this to be massive.”

Protesters have booked the County Hall in Cardiff for a counter-summit on Sunday, August 31, with speakers from around the world and the Pill Mill on Monday, September 1.

The spokeswoman added: “On Thursday, September 4 as the Nato summit opens we expect a day of peaceful mass civil disobedience. World leaders will be making their voices heard, it is vital that the voice of millions around the world who need peace and justice are also heard.”

Gwent Police have estimated 20,000 protestors will descend on the city for the week. Some of the organisations supporting the movement are Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Student Assembly Against Austerity, Black Triangle, Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights,Veterans for Peace UK and Child Victims of War,

Plaid Cymru and Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society, are also backing the call for protests as are faith groups and leaders ranging from Buddhist group Rissho Kosei-ka UK to the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan.

Jill Evans MEP, pledging Plaid Cymru’s support for the protests, said: “The Nuclear Free Wales Declaration was made in 1982, meaning that Wales was the first country in Europe to be nuclear free.

“While we have not had the powers in Wales to make our country truly nuclear free, it was a democratic declaration that sent out a message to the world.

“From the end of August, the eyes of the world will be on Newport. This time the message will be from Nato, a nuclear weapons-based alliance which Plaid Cymru rejects.

“World leaders have choices. They can choose to channel more money into arms and warfare or they can invest it instead in creating sustainable jobs, helping the poorest into schools and hospitals and fighting climate change.”

The Nato summit is to be held on September 4 and 5 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

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7:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

anigel says...

The last thing South Wales needs is more trade unionists flocking in. Look how much good they did the miners.
The last thing South Wales needs is more trade unionists flocking in. Look how much good they did the miners. anigel
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7:11pm Mon 4 Aug 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

As long as they don't disrupt my comings and goings then cool, but somehow I think the great unwashed are going to bring Newport to a standstill
As long as they don't disrupt my comings and goings then cool, but somehow I think the great unwashed are going to bring Newport to a standstill VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 3

7:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

cjwales1 says...

We live half a mile from the entrance to the Celtic. If the peaceful protestors think its gonna be peaceful if OH cant get onto the Coldra, it aint gonna be peaceful. I am scared stoopid by her so all left wing peaceful protestors be afraid very very afraid !!!!!
Also as can work from home any disruption to Tesco Express is gonna make me a lil miffed if I cant get a bottle of vino collapso to drink whilst Chepstow Road becomes a car park, when the thousands of shipped in police meet with the, as VODP says the 'Great Unwashed' !!!! webcam already installed ;-)
We live half a mile from the entrance to the Celtic. If the peaceful protestors think its gonna be peaceful if OH cant get onto the Coldra, it aint gonna be peaceful. I am scared stoopid by her so all left wing peaceful protestors be afraid very very afraid !!!!! Also as can work from home any disruption to Tesco Express is gonna make me a lil miffed if I cant get a bottle of vino collapso to drink whilst Chepstow Road becomes a car park, when the thousands of shipped in police meet with the, as VODP says the 'Great Unwashed' !!!! webcam already installed ;-) cjwales1
  • Score: 0

7:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Magor says...

NATO will carry on,everything will carry on. they are wasting their time.Why dont they spend their time and money helping the less fortunate instead.
NATO will carry on,everything will carry on. they are wasting their time.Why dont they spend their time and money helping the less fortunate instead. Magor
  • Score: 3

7:49am Tue 5 Aug 14

Sometimes says...

Not sure why the Unions would back a protest against NATO, If all the MOD and associated sites were to close in Wales, they would soon start bleating about it due to all the job loses. As for the comments from Plaid, now you begin to understand why Wales is in such a mess. With the eyes of the world looking down on Wales, Jill Evans and the rest of the cronies see their chance to grab their 15 minutes of fame.
As for who planned the event next to the busiest motorway in Wales, clearly they are paid too much and know too little.
Not sure why the Unions would back a protest against NATO, If all the MOD and associated sites were to close in Wales, they would soon start bleating about it due to all the job loses. As for the comments from Plaid, now you begin to understand why Wales is in such a mess. With the eyes of the world looking down on Wales, Jill Evans and the rest of the cronies see their chance to grab their 15 minutes of fame. As for who planned the event next to the busiest motorway in Wales, clearly they are paid too much and know too little. Sometimes
  • Score: 4

2:25pm Tue 5 Aug 14

LongGone says...

Generally I would support anti NATO feelings but we are REAL people living here; real people with two kids i won't be able to get to their (staying open) Special Needs school bases; a real self employed working husband who can't take on any away from home work in case he can't get there over NATO; this peaceful occupation is going to disrupt residents, not the NATO delegates. (I know my username describes me as living in Bridgwater, that's a decade ago but can't change it; live in NP18 postcode).
Generally I would support anti NATO feelings but we are REAL people living here; real people with two kids i won't be able to get to their (staying open) Special Needs school bases; a real self employed working husband who can't take on any away from home work in case he can't get there over NATO; this peaceful occupation is going to disrupt residents, not the NATO delegates. (I know my username describes me as living in Bridgwater, that's a decade ago but can't change it; live in NP18 postcode). LongGone
  • Score: 2

1:06am Tue 12 Aug 14

artsfan says...

The NATO Summit is coming to Newport. We didn't ask for it to come here. The NATO Summit is going to cost an estimated £50 million on security alone. If it wasn't for the NATO Summit coming to Newport then the peace campaigners wouldn't be coming to Newport. Blame whoever decided to allow the NATO Summit to come to Newport, not the campaigners who see NATO as the warmongers they are and who choose to speak out against them.
The NATO Summit is coming to Newport. We didn't ask for it to come here. The NATO Summit is going to cost an estimated £50 million on security alone. If it wasn't for the NATO Summit coming to Newport then the peace campaigners wouldn't be coming to Newport. Blame whoever decided to allow the NATO Summit to come to Newport, not the campaigners who see NATO as the warmongers they are and who choose to speak out against them. artsfan
  • Score: 6

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