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Trade unionists raise their voices against Nato

Issue No. 2146

Taking a stand against war

Taking a stand against war

Many trade unions across Europe mobilised to bring workers to the anti-Nato demonstrations in Strasbourg.

Veronica Hilmer is a young nurse from Berlin. “This demonstration is important because of Nato’s wars all over the world – but particularly in Afghanistan,” she told Socialist Worker.

“The resources of the world are hived off for a small elite while millions of people are losing their jobs.

“All the money spent on making and buying weapons is needed by working people, for health and education.”

Mike Arnott travelled with the British delegation to the protests. He is chair of Dundee Trades Council and spoke to Socialist Worker at the opening rally of the demonstration on Saturday.

“Trade unionists have continued to demonstrate against wars just like our predecessors did,” said Mike.

“Nato has argued that the levels of social spending in Europe mean more resources can be directed to the military. That means cutting into public service budgets to fund war.”

George is an engineer from Athens. “We know that capitalism is corrupt and ruining the world – we’re fighting for something totally different,” he said.

Amelie was with a delegation from France’s CGT trade union federation.

“Our unions are intrinsic to this movement because of who they represent – millions of workers from across France,” she said. “The economic disaster is creating havoc with people’s lives.”

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Tue 7 Apr 2009, 19:04 BST
Issue No. 2146
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