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Swedes held for NATO HQ break-in attempt

Swedes held for NATO HQ break-in attempt

Published: 02 Apr 2012 08:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Apr 2012 08:47 GMT+02:00

"The point was to stop and disrupt NATO's operations and highlight that Sweden is a part of NATO operations," 22-year-old activist Puma Berg told the Expressen newspaper.

Berg was among 26 Swedes arrested on Sunday afternoon when close to 500 activists attempted to make their way into NATO headquarters.

More than 200 protesters were arrested, although there were conflicting reports about exactly how many peace activists were detained by police.

"I heard 360 were arrested, 30 of whom were from Sweden and 30 from Finland," Berg told Expressen, adding that 16 activists actually managed to penetrate the grounds of NATO headquarters.

Belgian police, however, claimed that no demonstrators made it onto NATO grounds.

"No demonstrator was able to enter NATO headquarters," Brussels police spokespersoon Christian De Coninck told the AFP news agency.

Most of the Swedes arrested in Sunday's action were released later in the evening.

"We were arrested around 2.40pm and released around 10pm," Pelle Sunvisson of Swedish peace activist network Ofog told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

According to Ofog's website, 26 Swedes were among those arrested.

The demonstration, organized by the Belgian association Action for Peace was organized to protest the alliance's actions in Afghanistan and Libya as well as nuclear arms.

"We want to highlight at NATO has and is developing nuclear weapons and they are ready to use nuclear weapons in an attack which is a violation of international law," Berg told Expressen.

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09:51 April 2, 2012 by respect4ALL
"We want to highlight at NATO has and is developing nuclear weapons and they are ready to use nuclear weapons in an attack which is a violation of international law," Berg told Expressen.

when Iran does so, they r imposed to sanctions, NATO does what they want!! U.N IS just as simple as A B

POOR WORLD N UNBALANCED
11:11 April 2, 2012 by sometimetoquestion
It is the malignity of the former that still breathes "life" into sensibility and credibility. The Pseudo spiritual is just a dimension of the current hegelian dialetic and its outdone emperical dimensions.

Knowledge without ignorance suffices vanity and the system make it so that it it is in the know and to slow to incorporate if anything the ignorance surrounding them that need not anymore be beaten to shape but itstead realign the paradigms accorrdingly to be more inclusive

"...the State 'has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State... for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.'" Author/historian William Shirer, quoting Georg Hegel in his The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959, page 144)

We are nonetheless confined considering the current bullying of the state to the conflict solution of the problems thrown at the electorate day in and day out.

Blessup
11:35 April 2, 2012 by johan rebel
Burglary is undoubtedly the shortest route to word peace, as any career criminal can tell you.
15:03 April 2, 2012 by asteriks
So, 30 Swedes are not under control of colonialist government and the rest are under control...
23:31 April 2, 2012 by JohnnyAppleseed
These folks are protesting mean old NATO, while Assad is slaughtering civilians by the thousands. If they must protest something, they should be in Damascus protesting the real abomination in Syria, but they appear to lack the courage to do that. After all they might get hurt in Syria.
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