Hundreds of peace activists inspect weapons of mass destruction at Air base Volkel, Netherlands.
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Volkel, January 18th 2003 - From the Anti New War activist Group Netherlands
Several hundreds of peace activists have been picketing at Volkel military air base in the south east of the Netherlands since 1.30 PM this afternoon. Several dozens more have cut through the fences of the air base to gain access to the grounds. They inspect the presence of weapons of mass destruction present at the base. The demonstration and inspection are ongoing.
The protests are initiated by the Anti New War activist Group Netherlands, a broad gathering of about 200 Dutch peace groups.
The initiative is in synch with demonstrations held in the US, where January 18th is Martin Luther King day, a national anti war day. Around the globe more groups are supporting the protests with demonstrations, pickets and civil inspections.
The US government expects of Irak to show all they have in relation to weapons of mass destruction, and so should the US and the Dutch government, accouring to the Dutch Anti New War group.
At the gate of the air base at Volkel, a demonstration has been going on where several members of parliament are speaking. Amoung them are members of the Dutch Socialist Party and the Green Left Party.
For those who speak Dutch: you can find more news on the Dutch demonstrations going on at: http://vredessite.nl/nieuweoorlog/2003/acties1801.html or at:http://www.wereldcrisis.nl en http://vredessite.nl