Blome And Wilayto Arrested At Massive Ramstein Protest; Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 – We Must Rally To “Shut Down Creech”

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Above Photo: Protesters rally at Ramstein U.S. air base in Germany on June 30, 2018.  Ann Wright is fourth from the left wearing a Veterans for Peace shirt, and Pat Elder is second from the right wearing a blue shirt.  See video for comment by Toby Blomé and Elsa Rassbach and images of the blockade of the base. 

Toby Blomé, of CODEPINK, and Phil Wilayto, of United National Antiwar Coalition, were among about a dozen mostly German protesters who were arrested on June 30, 2018 by German police as they blockaded the U.S. Ramstein air base in Germany during the fourth annual protest that this year drew about 2,500.

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Many came with banners and posters about drone warfare and the consequences of Western military operations abroad.

Below is a detailed report on the protest by Elsa Rassbach, CODEPINK representative in Germany who has been a member of the Stop Air Base Ramstein Campaign Coordinating Committee since 2015.  Press links are included.

See also reports by Phil Wilayto

https://www.facebook.com/phil.wilayto/posts/10156460147044451 and

https://www.facebook.com/phil.wilayto/posts/10156455535979451 and Pat Elder

https://www.elderforcongress.org/buchel-airbase.html   These are very important to an understanding of the feel of what is going on with anti-war, anti-drone, anti-nuclear protest in Germany, and in considering our messages for American audiences.

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Finally, Toby has asked that we mobilize to bring as many people as possible to Creech AFB, just north of Las Vegas, for the fourth annual SHUT DOWN CREECH protest, organized by CODEPINK on Sept. 6 – Oct. 30. http://codepinkgoldengate.org/event/2018-big-changes-for-our-drone-resistance-weeks-at-creech-air-force-base/

This event has the potential for being an extremely powerful protest not only of drone killing but the air war slaughter now being waged by the U.S. in Afghanistan and Yemen (the latter in company with Saudis).  Here is an article from The Intercept that documents the central role of Creech, in company with Ramstein, in U.S. global drone war. https://theintercept.com/2015/04/17/ramstein/

(Toby will write a report of her experience in Germany when she returns home, and it will be published here.)

Ruptly News Service (with interviews of US participants):

Sahra Wagenknecht, parliamentarian chair person of Germany’s Left Party, speaks to protesters about removing U.S. military bases from the country at a rally on June 30, 2018. WILL MORRIS/STARS AND STRIPES

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A US military plane comes in for a landing at Ramstein during the protest.