Anti-war protests expected at U.S. bases in Europe
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HEIDELBERG, Germany — Demonstrators in cities across the globe plan to hold protests Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Some of the demonstrations are set for U.S. military bases overseas, according to the Installation Management Agency, Europe Region.
At Campbell Barracks — the Heidelberg headquarters for U.S. Army Europe and V Corps — several hundred protesters are expected outside the main gate along Römerstrasse.
Up to 1,000 demonstrators are expected on Kronprinzstrasse in downtown Stuttgart, Germany. The protest is planned to start at 2 p.m. and may last until the evening.
In Landstuhl, Germany, the military expects 5,000 protesters to march from the train station, heading for the west gate at Ramstein Air Base.
The event is set for noon and may last several hours.
The Pax Christi organization, a Catholic, nongovernmental peace movement, will be among the demonstrators.
Cars may not be parked in the area over the weekend.
The west gate will be closed and there will be no vehicle access from state road L363 approaching the gate.
Ramstein’s east gate will be open for vehicle access.
In Brussels, Belgium, the military expects between 2,000 to 5,000 demonstrators in a rally at the train station that is set to start at 2 p.m.
Local police will be at each of the events.
While no violence is planned or expected, the military is cautioning troops.
Troops are advised to avoid demonstrations, Army officials said.
Should they inadvertently enter a demonstration site, they should depart as discreetly and quickly as possible, the news release said.
— Lisa Horn contributed to this report.