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Protesters climb fence at RAF Mildenhall

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 2, 2003

RAF MILDENHALL, England — Four protesters were arrested Monday after they climbed the fence at RAF Mildenhall and unfurled a banner on the runway, disrupting flying operations for a few minutes.

The banner carried the message “Stop Killing Each Other,” according to a report of the incident in the East Anglia Daily Times.

The newspaper quoted one of the protesters, Rachel Green, as saying the action Monday afternoon was part of a planned Week of Action to protest the ongoing war in Iraq and urge the return of U.S. and British troops from the region.

“We don’t want them to die any more than we want them to kill in our name,” Green told the newspaper.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said base personnel spotted the protesters as they climbed over the fence that surrounds the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing, which now has some aircraft and personnel deployed to the theater to support the war effort.

The four people — two men and two women — are being held on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

Protesters have gained access to U.S. Air Force bases in England several times in recent months, including a recent incident in which protesters cut through the fence at RAF Lakenheath and rode bicycles on the flight line.

Protesters also gained entry to RAF Mildenhall in January and staged a protest. Green said the Week of Action will include daily events to protest the war.


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