The Peace Demo at Fairford on 14th December 2002
500 people marched to RAF Fairford on Saturday 14 December. The march was to
protest against the probable use of the base by American planes to bomb
Iraq. The base is the largest US air force base in Europe and was previously
used to bomb Libya and Serbia. The march was well supported from local towns
surrounding the base, such as Swindon, Oxford, Stroud and Bristol, as well
as groups from as far away as Manchester and Plymouth. At the main gates,
the colourful Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors demanded access, and on
being refused entry there was a rally where local peace activists, including
the mayor of Stroud, pledged to return and demanded that the war not be
conducted from our land. Towards the end of the march around 30 protesters
broke through the perimeter fence and briefly occupied the runway.
Anyone interested in supporting similar protests should contact: Andy Newman, Secretary - Swindon Stop the War Coalition PO Box 1177 Swindon Wilts SN1 4XB tel: 01793 520903 mobile: 07764 563855 e-mail: andy.newman@UKGateway.net
Above: The Demonstration winds it way along Mill Lane
Left: The Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors.