The Stop Air Base Ramstein campaign week from July 5th to the 12th has been canceled as all events in the Rhineland-Palatinate, and thus in Kaiserslautern and Ramstein-Miesenbach, are canceled at least until July 10th, 2020. Instead, the Ramstein protest will come to Berlin from the 25th to the 27th of September 2020.
Knowing that there is certainly no exception for peace activists and the responsibility for our health and all of our fellow citizens with whom we want to be in contact, the coordination committee of the “Stop Air Base Ramstein” campaign decided on the 17th of March, 2020 to cancel the Stop Air Base Ramstein campaign week, which was planned for the beginning of July.
Aware of the implications of this decision, in the year in which the armed drone was procured for the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), from the Defender 2020 military exercise and the further confrontation and rearmament policy, the coordination committee does not wish to take people’s health lightly or carelessly. This decision has certainly not been taken lightly.
But in every crisis lies an opportunity!
The peace movement wants to use this situation to concentrate all its energy and determination in preparing for the protests in Berlin in September. The “Stop Ramstein Protests 2020 Berlin” are to take place from the 25th to the 27th of September and, with power and determination, bring the protests to Berlin – to the politicians – and confront them with their demands.
Seize the opportunity together and with solidarity!
No to combat drones! Close Ramstein Air Base! Terminate the so-called troop deployment agreement! For this and for peace in a just and sustainable world, we will meet in Berlin from the 25th to the 27th of September.
Translation from German by D. Ryan Haskill