Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Wilbert van der Zeijden


Belgians launch new campaign against nuclear weapons at Kleine Brogel

On Sunday October 20, thirty years after the massive anti-nuclear weapons protests in 1983, hundreds of people gathered at the Jubelpark in Brussels for the launch of a new campaign against the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons in Belgium. IKV Pax Christi was present to show support to the Belgian peace movement.

There have been U.S. tactical nuclear weapons at Kleine Brogel airbase since the 60s. The Belgian government pledged to work on a nuclear weapon free world, but concrete steps have not been taken yet.

The campaign, titled ‘Time to go‘, is an initiative of the Belgian peace movement (CNAPD, Pax Christi Vlaanderen, Vrede VZW and Vredesactie) and is supported by various political parties and social movements. The ‘Time to go’ campaign will run for a couple of months.

Click here to see the photos of the ‘Time To Go’ demonstration in Brussels.

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Wilbert van der Zeijden is the senior researcher of the Security and DIsarmament team of PAX. Wilbert currently focusses on getting US nuclear weapons out of Europe; WMD out of the Middle East and your savings out of nuclear weapons producing companies. He graduated at the Vrije University in Amsterdam and previously worked for about nine years for the think-tank Transnational Institute, as their Peace and Security Programme coordinator. Wilbert’s research interests include humanitarian disarmament, NATO and European security, toxic legacies of war and developments in international military infrastructure.

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