Report from Croughton

6 October 2007

From: Gawain Little

On the 6th October 2007, around ninety demonstrators gathered at 'RAF' Croughton, a US communications base on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border.  They were demonstrating against the proposed US Missile Defence system as part of Keep Space for Peace week. 

Campaigners from across the south of England marched around the base carrying peace flags and anti-Missile Defence banners to a rally by the perimeter fence.  Speakers at the rally included Lindis Percy from the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, David Platt of Christian CND, Peter Tatchel of the Green Party and Gawain Little from CND National Council. There was also a picnic for peace with hot teas and cakes served to raise money for local peace groups.  

The event was organised by Oxfordshire Peace Campaign, an umbrella organisation bringing together peace groups from across Oxfordshire.

Speakers highlighted the danger posed by the proposed system, which will have components based in Britain, Poland and the Czech Republic and around eighty people signed up to get involved in local anti-Missile Defence campaigning.

 Protestors plan to return to the base on the 26th April 2008 to continue to highlight the issue and the way in which the British government has agreed to the use of British facilities without any public discussion.

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