Protestors gathered at NATO’s headquarters in Northwood earlier this month to mark the 70th anniversary of the organisation.
Campaigners carrying No to NATO placards and brandishing a letter calling for it to be disbanded gathered at NATO headquarters in Sandy Lane on April 2 at the event which was called by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Stop the War Coalition.
They highlighted concerns about NATO’s aggressive role on the world stage, in particular, its nuclear weapons posture.
Representatives of the organisations addressed the protest over a megaphone before the letter was delivered by a delegation.
The anniversary comes ahead of a major NATO summit taking place in London in December, at which Donald Trump is expected to be in attendance.
CND is preparing to mobilise hundreds of thousands of protesters, building on the protests that took place during Trump’s visit to Britain last year.
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has expanded territorially, changed its mission statement from a defensive to an aggressive posture and embarked on a series of wars, of which their intervention in Afghanistan is getting on for two decades long.
“NATO’s activities have turned the end of the Cold War from a unique opportunity for new diplomacy and peaceful development into a new era of global tension, encircling Russia and China thereby creating the conditions for a new Cold War, tearing up international legal norms, notably around national sovereignty, and introducing bogus notions of ‘humanitarian war’.”
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