|Protest at Fylingdales
October 7 2000
from: Dave Webb [email@example.com]
YORKSHIRE CND supporters travelled to Whitby and Fylingdales as part of the Global Network International Day of Protest against Star Wars.
The day started at 11am with leafleting in the main shopping area of Whitby, the picturesque fishing port and seaside resort on the coast of North Yorkshire. Whitby is the nearest major town to Fylingdales - and well known for its link with the story by Bram Stoker as the port where Count Dracula first entered England. Our mission today was to stop the life-draining activities of the military-industrial complex as it continually pours billions of dollars into NMD and the militarisation of Space.
We did try to contact the demonstration at Menwith Hill (the other US base in North Yorkshire that would be used as part of the NMD system) but mobile phone coneections could note be made on this remote moor. However, we had received a message of greeting the previous day from members of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) who were organising the demonstration there.
Their message said "You will be much in our thoughts on Saturday - across the moors, dales, rivers and streams at Fylingdales. We will be standing in solidarity with you and many others across the world as we protest at Menwith Hill against the militarisation and weaponisation of space.
Space is for us all - the celestial bodies and the moon are precious and we must be so vigilant and careful to make sure that we pass on to future generations what we ourselves inherited ... keep space for peace.
We must keep the issue of NMD high profile and not allow the UK government to be so foolish and compliant as to allow Menwith Hill and Fylingdales to be used by the Americans."
The newspaper photographer appeared again and we dutifully posed. Then, cold and wind-swept we made our way home.