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Thousands Take to Streets Against Upcoming NATO Summit in Madrid, Spain

Protesters claimed that NATO was responsible for various wars, from Yugoslavia to Libya, and is pushing for an arms race across the globe. They demanded that NATO be disbanded to ensure peace and stability in the world.
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By Peoples Dispatch

Thousands of people took to the streets of Madrid, Spain, on Sunday, June 26, in opposition to the upcoming summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the city. Protesters called NATO a threat to global peace and demanded its dissolution.  

The organizers stated that close to 30,000 people participated in the protest, holding banners and posters with slogans such as “No to NATO, Not to War, For Peace”. They also raised slogans against US military bases in Spain and asked for their removal.  

The protest was organized by a set of groups including the Communist Youth, the youth wing of the Communist Party of Spain, as well as Platform for Peace, World Federation of Democratic Youth, and others. 

The organizers also held a two-day peace summit in Madrid on June 24-25, at the conclusion of which, a joint declaration was issued asserting that “NATO is a serious threat to world peace, having left a trail of destruction from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan.” 

The joint declaration demanded the “dissolution of NATO,” claiming that it violates the UN charter and is intensifying a “new cold war against China and Russia.” It also underlined the fact that NATO is acting against “progressive governments throughout the global south” and encouraging a global arms race, which “goes against the real needs of people: education, health, housing, social security and an effective energy policy.” 

NATO, whose agenda is dominated by the US, has a combined military budget of over USD 1 trillion and accounts for over  57% of the world’s total military expenditure. The grouping has recently tried to encourage all its members to spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense as accepted in its summit meeting in 2014.  

One of the protesters, Concha Hoyos, said, “I am fed up with this business of arms and killing people. The solution they propose is more arms and wars and we always pay for it. So, no NATO, no army bases, let the Americans go and leave us alone without wars and weapons,”Al-Mayadeen reported. 

Similar protests were held in different cities across Europe, including in London recently, where thousands took part. More such protests are scheduled globally in the coming days.

Fearing further protests against the NATO summit in the country, the Spanish government has issued a blanket ban on all protests until Wednesday citing security reasons.  

NATO summit

The NATO summit is scheduled for two days, June 29-30, in Madrid. Apart from its organizational issues, the 30-member transatlantic military alliance will also focus on the war in Ukraine and the membership bid of two new countries, Finland and Sweden. Speaking to the press on June 22, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claimed that strengthening the alliance is the priority in the face of growing danger from Russia and China.

The summit will be attended by Ukrainian president Vlodomyr Zelensky, who has been demanding that NATO play a more active role in his country’s defense against the ongoing Russian attack. His bid is strongly backed by US President Joe Biden and others, despite the fact that Ukraine is not a NATO member. The US has already pledged billions of dollars of weapon supplies to Ukraine. 

Russia has said that NATO’s support to Ukraine proves its claim that the West and NATO are using the country in a proxy war against it. Russia started its military operation inside Ukraine in February after the US and NATO refused to discuss its security concerns vis-a-vis Ukrainian membership to the group and proposals of heavy weapons deployment.

Apart from Russia-Ukraine, NATO members are also going to discuss the membership bid of two Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Finland, who dumped their decades-old neutrality recently. Their bid for membership is opposed by Turkey, which has accused these countries of supporting Kurdish groups that it alleges are involved in terrorist activities within its borders. Russia has termed their membership bid another provocation by the West. 

Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO would mean deployment of Western forces and weapons in these countries, which either share borders with Russia (Finland) or lie in close proximity. 

Formed in 1949 as a collective security organization of pro-US countries in Europe during the Cold War against the Soviet Union, NATO’s membership has increased from 12 to 30. It has added 14 new members since the end of the Cold War. NATO’s eastward expansion in Europe has been a contentious issue that has faced active Russian opposition. 

Activists have accused NATO of extending its mandate by actively getting involved in wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, and other countries to pursue the imperialist interests of the US and its allies. It has also been a partner in the US-led war in Iraq.

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10 comments

    1. @Barbara Mullin
      That’s it in a nutshell. The failure to disband NATO when the Soviet Union collapsed is the fundamental cause of the current war. The U.S. has, of course, committed many transgressions afterward that are also causes, but not as fundamental as that one.

  1. Zelensky, a puerile comic, is a dangerous fool, parading around in various iterations of military drag, uttering gibberish, intending to sound like Brian Cox, imitating an imitation of Churchill. One may note: his support was at 25% just prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He would not have been re-elected, he was highly unpoplar.

    Today, after a Russian missile attack on a shopping mall. Zelensky, invoked the number one thousand, witout an actual tally of the dead – the ‘obvious’ inference being a large number of dead shoppers and workers. However horrific, 20 were killed, not thousands. His hyperbole, an obvious attempt to frame Russia, as mass murderers, in a specific incident in order to obtain more weaponry and assistance from ‘the West’ to continue an unwinable war. He is lording over the wreck and ruin of Ukraine, at the urging of NATO and the US, all to his greater glory. Instead of attempting to stop the carnage, he is willing to turn the Ukraine into an open air abbattoir. Not a word attempting to establish a ceasefire or peace. Instead a completely mad intent to continue fighting with the delusional purport of defeating the Russians.

    Zelensky, established offshore accounts to squire away the loot he has obtained thru questionable means – to further protect his ill-gained riches, the accounts have been transfered to his wife. How he profits from the current imbroglio is not a matter of how, but how much, along with his cronies. Ukraine being the second most corrupt country in all of Europe.

    He has advocated strategies that would lead to WW3 and nuclear apocalypse. Zelensky is unhinged. Richard Falk, the international human rights lawyer kindly referred to Zelensky as at best naive. He functions as a tool for the USA and NATO, waging a proxy war against Russia.

    1. @Richard Gallagher
      If Zelensky were the only one with Dr. Strangelove leanings, we could laugh him off. But unfortunately, the leaders of the U.S. and Russia are no better in this regard. The danger of nuclear war is much higher than most people realize, higher than it’s been since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  2. Good for the protesters, but it won’t do anything. We’ve seen this many times before (protests against the Iraq wars, etc.) They’ll be kept far from the NATO people and won’t affect their summit. What WOULD have an effect would be disrupting business as usual at the summit, however that would be done.

  3. These small protests in an insignificant country is not going to change any thing.
    What is really outrageous, is China trying to influence several other regions around the globe, which alarms USA and Nato and the Western powers.
    We then must pay attention to these Lilliputian islands and countries when the focus was on containing China’s growing strength. Containment is a tactic used by established empires to maintain their ill gotten wealth that was exploited from Global South.
    Western governments also must spend tons of money that we do not have to bribe these annoying folks from giving any advantages to China.
    Last year, congress denied Biden’s 1 trillion $$ infrastructure spending for America, so? Are Americans agreeable for their taxes to benefit far off foreign places that hates USA??
    China will increase attempts to influence other regions, merely to force Americans to match China’s spending.
    China will make many maneuvers thruout the globe just to occupy American’s attention and stretch America very thinly.

    Ordinary people around the world, now bear the huge costs of Ukraine war, and as always : the military, or politicians, or Bankers, or rich does not suffer but is enriched from war profits.

  4. The Billionaires have two Parties — We need one of our own.

    They have Two ‘Pro-Empire’ Parties — We need one ‘Anti-Empire’ Party

  5. Alles richtig! Man sollte auch die Marionette Stoltenberg, den Mitläufer und Erfullungsgehilfe der USA nicht vergessen. Ich bin überzeugt, dass die Leute künftig, wenn sie dann noch gibt (Atomkrieg), auf sein Grab urinieren werden.

  6. Hallo Moderatoren, mein Beitrag (Antwort) von vorhin wurde beim Absenden verunstaltet. Schade, dass es hier keine Möglichkeit gibt, selbst den Text neu zu gestalten. Warum sich da zwei Mal das Wort “sterben” eingeschlichen hat, ist mir ein Rätsel.

  7. Hey, People Dispatch, the NY ‘Times’ seems to be blocking this “War Ginning” information:

    IMHO, “Fight Like Hell” is the ‘call code word’ for the possible involvement of any alt-right coup d’état attempt by portions of the U. S. military.

    While this might well seem hyperbolic, even paranoid, the media’s apparent ‘messaging’ this week, particularly by former Admiral James Stavridis, former SACEUR NATO, and current Managing Director of the global weapons investment firm the Carlyle Group’s involvement in the Defense Industry, qua. “Merchants of Death”, seems to be predicated/signalling the terms and conditions of eliminating the weaker of the three current, but conflicted possible Empires.

    Admiral James Stavridis’s near saturation broadcasting of the “seven times greater” troop levels of ships, sailors, aircraft, pilots, special services, and other weapons from the ‘four minute NPR’ radio ‘messaging’ regrading his position as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations prepare to meet this week in Madrid presents shockingly provocative fodder with respect to being ‘War inducing’.

    Admiral’s Quote: trying to down play his own words, “The War Plans are very specific”

    The full transcript to the Admiral’s broadcast message should be considered akin to Hearst’s message in 1898; “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

    But in this case on 6/29/2022, Stavridis seems to be saying, “Please remain. You furnish the radio broadcast and I’ll furnish the war.”

    There has ‘So Far’ been no transcript released by NPR, but the Admiral’s speech is still available at NPR:

    https://admiralstav.com/news/

    Adm. Stravidis’s audio should be clicked on the 4minute and 54 second NPR interview!

    You may want to listen more than once to understand his use of Trump’s “We’ve got to fight like hell” and reference of “War Plans”

    Is anyone in the ‘Anti-War’ or ‘Anti-Empire’ community awake to this obvious “Quiet American” War and Empire plan??

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