Action Activists at Volkel, Netherlands

Published on March 25th, 2017 | by Susi Snyder


Activists at nuclear weapon bases say: Time to go! Ban nuclear weapons!

In the last week, actions have taken place at air bases across Europe. These activities are in support of the nuclear weapon ban treaty negotiations in New York. Actions at Aviano (Italy), Kleine Brogel (Belgium), Büchel (Germany) and Volkel (the Netherlands) generated significant local attention to the negotiations.

Activists in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands call on their governments to participate constructively in the nuclear negotiations and remove the nuclear weapons from their countries.

“For decades we have tried to get these weapons out, and been refused at every step.” said Pieter Teirlinck, from Vrede in Belgium, “Now that nuclear weapons will be illegal, it is finally time for them to go.”

In addition, parliaments in Belgium, Germany and Italy are discussing resolutions calling on their governments to participate in good faith in the negotiations, as the Netherlands has already committed.

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About the Author

is the Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager for Pax in the Netherlands. Mrs. Snyder has published numerous reports and articles, notably the 2015 Dealing with a ban; the 2014 Rotterdam Blast: The immediate humanitarian consequences of a 12 kiloton nuclear explosion; 2013, 2014 & 2015 Don’t Bank on the Bomb: Global Report on the Financing of Nuclear Weapons Producers and the 2011 Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. She is an International Steering Group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and a 2016 Nuclear Free Future Award Laureate. Previously, Mrs. Snyder served as the Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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