Anti-Nato protesters hold alternative summit

DRONE THREAT: Leader of the Green Party in Wales, Pippa Bartolotti

DRONE THREAT: Leader of the Green Party in Wales, Pippa Bartolotti

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ANTI-NATO protesters stepped up activity with more an ‘alternative summit’ put on yesterday at the Dolman Theatre.

More than 50 people turned up for a day of talks and workshops which welcomed speakers from around the world.

People travelled from as far afield as the USA and Denmark to join residents of Newport.

Meetings at the Dolman saw international speakers and peace activists lead a public discussion of hot topics including drones, the crisis in Iraq, nuclear weapons and the alleged militarisation of the EU.

Leader of the Green Party in Wales, Pippa Bartolotti, chaired the opening discussion on the use of drones worldwide and said she was pleased with the turnout.

Ms Bartolotti said: “I’m pretty delighted to have local people here as well as the international visitors. We would like to do an event like this again.

“Today has given us a new perspective on Ukraine with comments from the audience. The march yesterday and the turnout today shows people are interested.”

The human rights campaigner said military surveillance in Wales is a concern and she hopes to have woken up the community to the danger.

She said: “Newport could become a hub for military surveillance. It will creep up on people and we should push for Newport to be drone free.

“In West Wales there are areas which are used to hearing the buzzing of drones and this could be the same here. There is a rather shady future which seems to be mapped out in front of us.”

The summit was organised by Stop the War Coalition as part of a series of week-long activities involving peaceful protests of the Nato summit.

Representatives from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Hare Krishna and the United National Anti-war Coalition also attended the summit.

The two talks and discussion on the situation on Iraq drew in one of the day’s biggest audiences with the room at the theatre close to bursting point.

Joe Lombardo, an activist who travelled from the USA to speak on the situation in Iraq, gave a run-down of the country’s recent history.

He said: “Iraq was almost a first world country at one point. As well as Ukraine, Iraq will be under the spotlight in the next couple of days”.

The alternative summit continues today at the Dolman Theatre, with sessions on Gaza, peaceful co-existence and victims of Nato from 10am to 4pm.

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8:47am Tue 2 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

There were pictures of Saturday's Newport protestors on Al Jazeera this morning - the flurry of activity and political debate is certainly gaining Newport some international recognition!
There were pictures of Saturday's Newport protestors on Al Jazeera this morning - the flurry of activity and political debate is certainly gaining Newport some international recognition! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 8

10:42am Tue 2 Sep 14

Stevenboy says...

'We should push for Newport to be drone free'.

By the cringe, someone's definitely been at the sherry.
'We should push for Newport to be drone free'. By the cringe, someone's definitely been at the sherry. Stevenboy
  • Score: 2

11:04am Tue 2 Sep 14

Banjalucka says...

What a load of dribble. Too many of these do-gooder, lefties around. Can you imagine the peace gang in front of 100 Iraqi butchers, sitting down and screaming 'Peace brother'?
What a load of dribble. Too many of these do-gooder, lefties around. Can you imagine the peace gang in front of 100 Iraqi butchers, sitting down and screaming 'Peace brother'? Banjalucka
  • Score: 1

11:26am Tue 2 Sep 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

I bet Mr Putin is shaking in his boots at the sight of this shower. Britain's finest.
I bet Mr Putin is shaking in his boots at the sight of this shower. Britain's finest. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: -1

1:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

paddyparry says...

May be they don't realsie that the noise of drones is heard in West Wales becuase they are built and tested there. A nice bit of pointless scaremongering there.

May be they could follow the old Labour policy of declaring an area Nuclear Free. This would not have stopped missiles falling on them or radiation spreading from somewhere like Chernobyl. They could declare the world a terrorist free zone but it would make no difference.

They always seem to forget that thet are dealing with people. With people you get the good, the bad, the fundamentalist and the liberal. You cannot combat human nature, no matter how well intentioned you are.
May be they don't realsie that the noise of drones is heard in West Wales becuase they are built and tested there. A nice bit of pointless scaremongering there. May be they could follow the old Labour policy of declaring an area Nuclear Free. This would not have stopped missiles falling on them or radiation spreading from somewhere like Chernobyl. They could declare the world a terrorist free zone but it would make no difference. They always seem to forget that thet are dealing with people. With people you get the good, the bad, the fundamentalist and the liberal. You cannot combat human nature, no matter how well intentioned you are. paddyparry
  • Score: 2

6:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Magor says...

A large turn out! How many at the "Peace Camp"?
A large turn out! How many at the "Peace Camp"? Magor
  • Score: 1

5:44am Wed 3 Sep 14

artsfan says...

Newport is to be a 'living lab', testbed for surveillance methods. How great is that. I value my privacy.... about time to decamp.
Newport is to be a 'living lab', testbed for surveillance methods. How great is that. I value my privacy.... about time to decamp. artsfan
  • Score: 0
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