NATO protesters gather near Strasbourg

This video from France is called No to NATO Protest – Strasbourg 1st 5th April 2009 – Raw Footage.

From British daily The Morning Star:

TENS of thousands of demonstrators descended on two south-west German towns and the French city of Strasbourg yesterday before a NATO summit marking the military alliance’s 60th anniversary.

Update 3 April 2009: here.

Discussions at the NATO summit that takes place Friday and Saturday will be dominated by the occupation of Afghanistan—the most protracted war carried out by the military alliance in its 60-year history: here.

6 thoughts on “NATO protesters gather near Strasbourg

  1. Apr 4, 9:12 AM EDT

    Turkey: Thousands demonstrate against US, NATO

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Several thousand leftists staged anti-U.S. and anti-NATO protests in Turkey on Saturday, with shouts of “Yankee Go Home!” the day before President Barack Obama’s visit.

    Thousands of protesters also took to the streets in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, chanting “Yankee Go Home!” …

    The demonstrators in Ankara and in Istanbul called for NATO’s disbandment as world leaders gathered for the Western alliance’s 60th anniversary summit in Strasbourg, France. Turkey is a NATO member.

    Four leftists chained themselves to a bridge over the Bosporus strait in Istanbul in a related anti-NATO protest Saturday, Dogan news agency television footage showed. Police detained the protesters, who were wearing white T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Murderer NATO.”

    Turkish television footage of separate protests in southeast Turkey showed hundreds of Kurdish demonstrators throwing stones at police and soldiers who were preventing around 3,000 people from going to the village of imprisoned Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan to mark his 60th birthday.

    Dogan news agency footage shows hundreds of police and soldiers, holding riot shields, taking positions on hilltops and blocking a road near the town of Halfeti, close to Ocalan’s village of Omerli.

    Police and military authorities urged calm, and police used water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, the film showed.

    Ocalan is serving a life sentence for leading a separatist war in Turkey’s southeast.

    © 2009 The Associated Press.


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