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[casi] 250 anti war activists close down Britain's military HQ

Press release Sunday 19th January  13.00
Voices in the Wilderness UK
0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992

250 anti war activists close down Britain's military HQ

Both gates at Britain's military HQ, Northwood, are now closed.
250 activists are in the road in front of the main gate, and four activists
 have locked themselves to the side gate in Atria Road. A samba band is
 playing and people are dancing and cheering.
The blockade got off to an early start as 6 anti war activists from
 Oxford arrived 2 hours early with a 5 foot wide pair of purple Y-fronts
 which they locked themselves  inside. The pants were decorated with a
 "War is pants".
They were accompanied by a  purple doll with the slogan "Pants to war".
 Police are attempting to cut them out of their pants at the moment.
For pictures of the pants call 0845 458 2564.

The blockade has been organised by Voices in the Wilderness UK, ARROW
(Active Resistance to the Roots of War) and the D10 group. The action is the
second day of a weekend of nonviolent direct action against war, following
Saturday's Operation Internal Look, when hundreds of activists breached the
Secrets Act by photographing Northwood base in front of a media scrum.

This event is the latest in a series of nonviolent direct actions as the
growing anti war movement responds with increasing urgency to the threat of
war. In December Voices in the Wilderness staged Warzone Whitehall, a mass
sit down in Whitehall. 2 weeks later the Gloucester Weapons Inspectors
staged a mass weapons inspection at USAF Fairford, expected to host US B2
stealth bombers.

A sit down protest is being organised by ARROW (  after the
Stop the War march on 15 February and next Sunday 26th January the
Gloucestershre Weapons Inspectors will return to Fairford (

Richard Byrne of ARROW and Voices in the Wilderness said, "Today we'll
see hundreds of activists putting their liberty on the line to stop this war
on Iraq, a war that the UN says will probably have worse consequences for
civilians that the 1991 Gulf War (1). That's why over 3000 people in the UK
have signed a pledge of resistance to engage in nonviolent direct action
against the so called war on terrorism. If this Government backs the US war
on Iraq they will encounter civil disobedience on an unprecedented scale"

0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992

(1) Leaked draft UN assessment, see for full text

sign the pledge of resistance to the "war on terrorism"

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