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New Cold, Oct 24, 2015

'No NATO' demonstration in Naples, Italy on Oct 24, 2015 (Dario Lo Scalzo, Pressenza)

‘No NATO’ demonstration in Naples, Italy on Oct 24, 2015 (Dario Lo Scalzo, Pressenza)

People from across Italy rallied in the streets of the southern Italian city of Naples on Saturday, October 24 for an antiwar protest directed against the NATO military exercise ‘Trident Juncture 2015‘ which began six days earlier. Photos of the rally and street march in Naples can be viewed here at the Pressenza website.

Below is the original call for this demonstration issued in Naples on October 1, 2015.

‘Trident Juncture 2015’ is the largest NATO military war game exercise in 13 years. The NATO website describes it in these words:

The exercise involves 36,000 personnel from more than 30 Allied and Partner Nations, will take place throughout Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and also Canada, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Trident Juncture 2015 will demonstrate NATO’s new increased level of ambition in joint modern warfare and will show-case a capable, forward-leading Alliance equipped with the appropriate capability and capacity to meet present and future security challenges

News of the activities of the antiwar movement in Italy can be followed on the Twitter page of the ‘No NATO’ movement in Italy. A public forum to discuss the threatening war moves by NATO in the Mediterranean Sea region will take place in Rome on October 26. Here is a message to that meeting by Andros Kyprianou of the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) in Cyprus:

October 23, 2015
Dear friends,
I salute today’s initiative undertaken by the “#No Guerra #No NATO” Committee which is taking place at the same time as the NATO exercise “Trident Juncture” is underway. The holding of this huge exercise in essence is a provocative show of strength and an attempt to intimidate the Russian Federation and the rest of the world.
This represents another step towards the militarization of Europe. NATO is the driving force that is pushing for the continuous militarization of the world and international relations. Indeed, at the same time as the peoples in Europe are suffering from the economic crisis and the implementation of austerity policies, NATO is demanding from its members that they increase their military expenditure and armaments.
It is obvious that NATO’s aggressiveness has intensified dramatically, with incalculable dangers for peace and security, particularly in Europe and the Middle East. It is for this reason that this initiative in Rome is particularly important. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, I don’t have the opportunity to be with you today. However, our Party is represented in the discussion by Georgos Loucaides, member of the Political Bureau and AKEL Member of Parliament, precisely because we attach great importance to such initiatives. It is our firm belief that the peace-loving, anti-war movements must mobilize European societies so that a wall of resistance is built to NATO aggression and that this military alliance will eventually be dissolved once and for all.
AKEL, both in Cyprus and through its European and international activity, puts the issue of NATO at the forefront of its actions. The fact that our own country, Cyprus, is the only member state of the European Union that is not a member of either NATO or of the NATO program “Partnership for Peace” is the result of the strong opposition of AKEL and the peace movement in Cyprus. Besides, our people have painful experiences with NATO, which was the architect of the tragedy in the summer of 1974 that resulted in the de facto partition and occupation of our island.
With these thoughts, I wish every success to the work of today’s debate. We express our readiness to contribute so that this initiative will continue and be decisively strengthened to the benefit of the world’s peoples. 

Oppose exercise TRIDENT Juncture 2015!

No to NATO imperialist aggression and drive to new world confrontation

Appeal issued in Naples, Italy on October 1, 2015 by Comboni missionary Father Alex Zanotelli, Naples committee ‘Peace and Disarmament’, and the Naples No War Network. (Translation using Google Translate, original in Italian on Facebook here.)

The contradictions resulting from capitalist domination once again are producing economic crisis, strengthening the competition between the great powers, direct and indirect attacks on the peoples of the weaker countries and the strengthening of militarism. Once again we are creating the conditions for a new world war that all classes executives say they do not want but that reinforce every day with their economic, political and military.

The Western powers, led by the US, as also in competition with each other, when pursuing a unified policy towards the emerging powers of China and Russia but also in the tampering and aggression towards weaker countries. This unified political NATO is the main device: an instrument of convergence and coordination of the interests of imperialism dominant euro-Atlantic, an instrument at the service of the offensive expansionist and interventionist of the major Western powers, on a planetary scale, that many disasters They are causing around the world. From the former Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, from Iraq to Libya, via support for so-called “rebels” of Ukraine and Syria, NATO has sown death and destruction against the people and countries that do not represent any threat to Europe and to the USA.

But the increasing militarism, the arms race led to it and the militarization of the territories of these countries-members of NATO turns out to be a powerful tool in the hands of the rulers and the ruling classes to also include their populations, to impose a management always authoritarian institutions, to reduce the possibility of rebelling against the consequences of the crisis and the policies that accompany it in defense of the great financial and industrial economic powers.

For this reason the struggle against NATO is one of the key to counter the growing militarism, the policy of aggression and the push towards a Third World War.
From October 3 until November 6 will take place in Italy, Spain and Portugal the “Trident Juncture 2015 ‘(TJ15), defined by the US Army Europe,” the largest NATO exercise from the fall of the Berlin Wall. ” With 36,000 men, more than 60 ships and 200 warplanes from 33 countries (28 NATO allies plus 5), this exercise will serve to test the rapid reaction force – NATO Response Force (NRF) – (about 40 thousand actual) and above its elite corps (5 thousand actual), the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), emphatically called “Spearhead” (spear), which can be deployed in less than 48 hours to respond “to the security challenges on our southern and eastern flanks. ” In other words, to intervene quickly, bringing the “preventive war”, wherever they feel threatened Western interests extending, therefore, the NATO action in every corner of the world. The TJ15 will be led by Joint Force Command Brunssum (Netherlands).

Will participate in the exercise, as well as some of the major international organizations and government, even so-called humanitarian associations and various NGOs, demonstrating the function side to the interventionist policies of the great powers that many of them take place. Especially taking to the military industries of 15 countries ready to make gains by providing the new weapons that NATO will need.

Although it represents a decisive date for certifying your new interventionist strategies, Trident Juncture 2015 is the only major military exercise fielded by NATO.
From ‘”explosion” of the Ukrainian crisis exercises close to the borders of Russia I have more than doubled. Tens of thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles participated in the air-naval maneuvers in the Black Sea, off the coast of both Romania and Bulgaria to Georgia, the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Norway and the Baltic States, thereby strengthening the NATO naval presence. And yet, land exercises in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and the Baltic States which is accompanying a growing process of rearming with the transfer to these countries of hundreds of tanks, artillery and other military equipment and the start of the program deployment of so-called “missile defense” in Poland.

A provocative close military on Russia, which together with pressure on China with the deployment of military means in the China Sea, increases the risk of a direct confrontation between the great powers, leading straight to a new international military conflict. But exercise is also a show of force aimed at those countries or parts of countries (now) reluctant to passively accept the domination of imperialism. It ‘just a few days ago the threatening call that the main NATO members, primarily Italy, have addressed “to all factions Libyan” why come to a “government of national concord that, in cooperation with the international community, can ensure security to the country” (aka the affairs of “our” entrepreneurs, “our” oil, to “our” coast) against the groups of violent extremists who seek to destabilize it).

A pretext, that of terrorism and ISIS, which, together with the fight against the traffickers of human beings, serves to legitimize the wars and military occupations in progress in some countries and new attacks, the Middle and Near East as the countries North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. The green light for the naval mission EuNavForMed with five warships, two submarines, the use of drones, three helicopters and a thousand soldiers to block the departure of migrants from the Libyan coast, it is only the preparatory phase of a new intervention in Libya which Italy is a candidate to be leader. As well as the announcement by France and Great Britain of sending aircraft to bomb Syria officially stations ISIS, but in fact the Syrian army, is a quantum leap in the direction of a direct attack on Syria.

As usual diplomacy of Western governments dress from (alleged) after firefighters who have brought themselves started the fire. So now you create an alert for the arrival of so many immigrants as if the policies of usury and robbery of military aggression before and then direct and indirect, of which were architects, they were not the cause of this huge influx of immigrants. So the emergence immigrants is exploited to justify a further level of militarization and to create consensus to interventionist policies by leveraging the most sinister racist propaganda which in Italy is the leader of the League Salvini. The horrific scenes of death, that, given the presence of boats, exercise in the Mediterranean is likely to multiply, and the repression of these days to those fleeing from war, hunger and environmental devastation make it even more imperative net alongside an array of immigrants and a strong mobilization against these hateful xenophobic campaigns.

Oppose to exercises to say no to the policy of aggression of NATO and the militarist policy of our government is necessary.

We can not be accomplices of the imperialist policy of destruction and exploitation. We can no longer accept that while we ask for continuous sacrifices “out of economic crisis”, while cutting wages and pensions, health, education, transport, making it unsafe to our very survival, continue to spend billions on military expenditures that have now reached frightening figures (the Italian military spending, according to SIPRI, in 2014, was about $ 30 billion).

We cannot allow throttle while countries like Greece and will spend hundreds of millions to prevent the arrival of migrants or to keep them in camps like the ICE, every minute you spend in the world, with military purposes, $ 3.4 million , 204 million every hour, 4.9 billion a day with the only goal of increasing profits and defend the privileges of the ruling classes.

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will see the strategic role of JFC Naples, NATO command (with headquarters in Lago Patria, Naples) under Admiral USA Ferguson, who heads the US Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Command Africa. It is not occasional: the JFC Naples, in fact, will alternate annually with Brunssum (Netherlands) in the operational command of the NATO Response Force, confirming the role of Naples in the strategies of the military commanders.

And ‘why, from Sicily (where the government tries to impose the coming on stream of the deadly Muos in Niscemi), from Sardinia, from Poggio Renatico (Ferrara), from Pratica di Mare and Pisa, all involved in ‘exercise, plan to jointly build a strong mobilization against the Trident Juncture, the militarization of the territories and the policies of war, throughout the national territory to bring together into a national demonstration in Naples on 24 October.

In the other countries involved from exercise – eg., In Zaragoza and Barbate, Spain – antiwar activists have launched a campaign of opposition to the maneuvers and NATO are preparing mobilisations.

We work from now to coordinate the many objections that will be provided inside and outside Italy to widen and give continuity to a movement against NATO and the war.

In Naples October 24, 2015, a national demonstration to demand:

No NATO military exercise “Trident Juncture 2015”
• No to military aggression and any interference and tampering carried out by the imperialist powers
• No to the militarization of the territories, the military slavery and environmental destruction
• No to the racist and xenophobic campaigns
• It is the right of asylum European for all the refugees and the right of free movement for all immigrants;
• it cuts in military spending and the increase in social spending for: home, work, social services, guaranteed income, measures to protect the land and the environment …

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Prime individual membership

Alessandra Esposito, Clerk – Rome; Alessandro Capuzzo, Peace Coexistence Solidarity Committee “Danilo Dolci”, Trieste; Alessandro Santoro – priest of the community of Piagge; Angelo Agrippa cultural operator Naples; Antonio Mangione journalist Giugliano; Rega Antonio Giugliano; Antonella Santarelli, sociologist and writer; Antonina Piras -Napoli; Antonio Mazzeo – media activist; Alfonso Pirozzi -Giugliano; Bruno Antonio Bellerate Professore- Rocca di Papa (RM); Catherine Lusuardi educator Reggio Emilia; Celeste Bucci -Prignano Cilento; Ciro Tello, Pozzuoli (NA); Tanio Uberto Gioino engineer Villaricca; Massimo Guide Padua; Claudia Berton, Verona (teacher and writer); Daniela Aluzzi used Pozzuoli; Eleonora Forenza, MEP of the other Europe with Tsipras – GUE / NGL Group; Emanuela Maglione neuropsicomotricista Naples; Enzo Arighi – Como; Fabrizio Cracolici – A.N.P.I. Nova Milanese (Monza and Brianza); Franceschino Nieddu employed by Nuoro; Francesco Cacciapuoti college student / activist movement Polis; Francesco Musumeci – doctor; Francesco Perrotti-Naples; Gaia Parise Lago Patria; Gianluca Volpe, Researcher – Rome; Gianni Lixi Cagliari; Gigliola Izzo scrittora Lago Patria; Joseph Zambon Frankfurt; Joseph Aragno, historic Naples; Guido Piccoli – journalist; Lorenzo Mazzucato Steering FP-CGIL Padova; Luke Cat Lake Country; Luisa Cerqua agent of trade Giugliano; Luigi Grillo attorney Tower of Greek; Laura Tussi – PeaceLink; Maite (Maria Teresa Iervolino), Marco firearms researcher Stockholm; Prc Naples; Marcello Console, Lanciano; Milena Roberti teacher Naples; Novella Palombo, Environmental Analyst – Rome; Ottavio Iommelli doctor Naples; Pasquale Pirozzi- wall; Peter Evangelista researcher Naples; Renato Cali Developer computer – Naples; Riccardo Troisi – Network Italian disarmament; Roberto Sabia researcher Rome; Raffaele Gargiulo physiotherapist Naples; Rosachiara Cernuto – Naples; Rosa Schiano – Reporter and ISM activist; Salvatore Giordano, sociologist, writer; Simone Colella, Researcher – Rome; First accessions of artists Illimitarte Association; Angeliblues Association; Capatosta; Juke Joint bb; Lino Vairetti musician Naples; Donato Corbo musician power; Lorenzo Federici musician Naples; Canio Loguercio artist Rome; Enzo Nini musician Naples; Brunella Selo musician Naples; Manuel Carotenuto musician Naples; Renato Federico musician Naples; Jeremiah Tierno musician Naples; Umberto Sirigatti musician Naples; Guido Migliaro musician Naples; Raffaele Cardone musician Villaricca; Luciano Nini musician Naples; Maurizio Capone musician Naples; Daniele Sepe musician Naples; Rocco de Rosa Roma musician; Gennaro Porcelli musician Naples; Insenga musician Mario Arpino (Frosinone); Blue Stuff; Patrick Esposito photographer; Massimo Ferrante singer-musician; And Zezi Workers’ Group; Francesco Matarrese artist;


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