German pacifists mark Easter with protest

14th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

This weekend saw a series of pacifist demonstrations across the country as part of the traditional Easter marches against the NATO military alliance, the war in Afghanistan and in favour of nuclear disarmament.

Berlin -- Thousands of pacifists rallied in Germany over the weekend against plans to install a military training ground northwest of Berlin, in the traditional Easter protest marches.

Demonstrators in Fretzdorf, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Berlin, called for scrapping plans to use the site as training ground for low-flying military aircraft, which would also involve bombing runs.

They objected that the training activities would create noise pollution and drive away tourists. Organisers of the protest estimated their numbers at nearly 10,000.

Opponents won an early victory last month when a court ruled against the army using the site, known locally as "Bombodrom."

Meanwhile, fire destroyed around 30 military vehicles -- including buses, cars and lorries -- in southeast Germany, police said Monday.

The fire, which broke out overnight Monday in a military parking lot in Dresden, caused around two million euros' (2.6 million dollars') worth of damage, said a spokesman for the regional crime squad.

Investigating officers have not ruled out the involvement of far-left groups.

This weekend saw a series of pacifist demonstrations across the country as part of the traditional Easter marches against the NATO military alliance, the war in Afghanistan and in favour of nuclear disarmament.

AFP/Expatica

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