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DIRECT ACTION AGAINST MILITARY BASES – CAPE TEULADA 3rd OF NOVEMBER 2015
POPULAR MOBILIZATION BLOCKED NATO EXERCISE TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2015
During the last year the Network No Bases Here nor Anywhere Else worked for the obstruction of the war machine with direct actions against war and militarism. We believe it is important to act, resist, sabotage, make aware, inform and counter-inform. We covered thousands of kilometers, one hundred by foot, to meet each other and to get acquainted with the territories pillaged by the military occupation. We studied, analyzed and summarized countless pages of documents, in order to know the ins and outs of the war machine, in order to spread our knowledge and our fighting practices in Sardinia and in the rest of the World.
All this contributed to the growth of the movement that on the 3rd of November had the courage and determination to block the biggest Nato exercise in the last 15 years!
Repression and disinformation have been unleashed against those who dared to obstruct the war machine. On the one hand, the police force tried to criminalize the Network No Bases, targeting activists and making use of special surveillance requests, bans and expulsion orders from the occupied territories, and preventive cease and desist letters. On the other hand, military top brass tried to minimize the results of our fights by desperately lying (e.g. maintaining, against the evidence of official documents and videos, that the exercise was not taking place during our protests!).
The souls of the antimilitary movements are several and various, but on the 3rd of November we reached the goal of all being united in one will: violating prohibitions and personally taking back what has been taken away from us.
A coral NO was uttered against the chief of police’s prohibition of the demonstration. Everyone faced fascist profiling, check-points and searches, just to be able to convey our opposition to the military occupation.
A coral NO was uttered by those that, once arrived at the meeting point, started a parade to free the activists who were not allowed to join the demonstration because they had been hit by an expulsion order. NO was said again by those comrades that tried to join the demonstration in spite of the bans, but then decided to leave with a bitter taste, in order to allow the fight against Trident Juncture to continue.
Several more times, NO was uttered again when, headed towards the perimeter of the firing range, the demonstration cheerfully overtook the police’s hateful mumbles, when soon after that some started running towards the firing range to enter and block the exercise, when others created a human wall to block the flying squad’s violent charges.
Together we exulted when the shooting stopped! But the day was not over. One more time, we had to leave all together as we arrived – and so we did.
So, the 3rd of November we had one clear aim: free ourselves from the military occupation. MANY WAYS, ONE FIGHT.
A militarized territory is, de facto, an occupied territory. The expulsion orders and the prohibitions of free circulation are the nth proof of a genuine usurpation.
We feel sorry for those who are worried and afraid of a possible future without military bases, we lament that the only source of maintenance envisaged by these people is the state money they beg as a compensation for the occupation of their land. But we are aware that this kind of reaction simply mirrors the fact that military occupation takes dignity away and creates slavery – and we are sure that restored territories can only be enriched.
The press keeps advertising the menaces of new charges made by Police Headquarters. But if bans and prescriptions didn’t stop our demonstration on the 3rd of November, then new charges surely won’t stop us from relaunching the antimilitarist fight until when military bases will be abolished, in Sardinia as in the rest of the World, until the earth will be free again, until soldiers and war will be eliminated here and anywhere else.
Rete No Basi né Qui né Altrove
If this is the title, maybe italicise or put in inverted commas – just so it stands out?
? choral if it’s meant to be like a choir? But sounds odd. I might repeat ‘united’. ‘A united NO…’ and the same below. Otherwise the expression you often see is ‘A chorus of NOs…’
Either ‘We all faced….. to convey our..’ or ‘Everyone faced …. to convey their…’ The first is stronger, I think.
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