A weekend of protests
Anti-war demonstrations continue throughout the weekend near many American military bases in Europe. Aviano Air Base, which hadn’t seen any large-scale protests until one two weeks ago, will be targeted by two protests during the weekend.
• Heidelberg, Germany — Several thousand protesters are expected to walk from the Bismarckplatz downtown at 1 p.m. to the main gate of Campbell Barracks until 5 p.m.
• RAF Stafford, United Kingdom — A demonstration starts at noon.
• Portsmouth Naval Base — A demonstration will begin at 2 p.m.
• Dexheim, Germany — Protests will begin at 1 p.m.
• Other protests will take place in Souda Bay, Crete; Northwood PJHQ, United Kingdom; RAF Flyingdales, United Kingdom; and Devonport Naval Base, United Kingdom, at unknown times.
• At Aviano, a group of several thousand protesters, including some anarchistic elements, is set to march from the city of Roverdo, Italy, to the flight line area starting at 2 p.m. They then plan to walk into downtown Aviano and block the street that separates Area 1 and Area 2, effectively closing down both areas. Italian police reportedly will be out in heavy force, due to a perceived threat of violence.
• Demonstrations are expected at Souda Bay, Crete; RAF Fairford, United Kingdom; RAF Cottesmore, United Kingdom; RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom; RAF St. Athans, United Kingdom; and Northwood PJHQ, United Kingdom.
Some city streets will be blocked during these protests, as well as limited entry and exit to targeted military installations. Some bases may also change exit and entry routes during the demonstrations.
• In Italy, a group of religious leaders and local pacifists are scheduled to walk from Pordenone to the flight line at Aviano.
The U.S. European Command advises all military personnel, family members and civilians to avoid these protests. While no violence is likely during any of these demonstrations, it cannot be ruled out, EUCOM said.