Posted by John Hilley on June 28, 2014, 9:13 am, in reply to "Finnieston Crane Occupied on Armed Forces Day"
What wonderful initiative on this day of militarist glorification. It's also just across the water from BBC Scotland. They must be squirming on whether to report it. |
: Press Release: Activists Occupying the
: Finnieston Crane
: [Photos at the Facebook link below]
: For immediate release
: 28 June 2014 5:36 am
: Contact Emma: 077907 35507 or on the crane
: call Frida: 07863 346 147
: Four anti-war activists are occupying the
: Finnieston Crane at this moment to protest
: against the glorification of war on Armed
: Forces Day. They unfurled a banner that
: reads ‘Resist Militarism # White Feather,’
: to show dissent to the increasingly US-style
: culture of militarism growing in the UK and
: to celebrate those who refuse to participate
: in war.
: Today is the sixth national Armed Forces Day
: in the United Kingdom, with this year’s main
: celebrations being held in Sterling. The day
: consists of a flyover of military aircrafts,
: a simulated combat mission, tanks and other
: military vehicles alongside musical
: festivities billed as a fun family day out.
: Armed Forces Day is presented as an
: opportunity to appreciate veterans – but in
: reality normalizes militarism through the
: parading of military tanks, aircraft and
: combat techniques behind a charade of
: tokenistic thanks to veterans.
: This action highlights that such unbridled
: militarism does not go unnoticed.
: The action also occurs in the context of
: Glasgow being the city hosting the
: celebration of the commemoration of the
: beginning of WWI. 2014 marks the hundredth
: anniversary of the beginning of the First
: World War. Far from being a "war to end
: all wars" or a "victory for
: democracy", this was a military
: disaster and a human catastrophe.
: David Cameron plans to spend £55,000,000 on
: "truly national commemorations" to
: mark this anniversary. Cameron has
: inappropriately compared these to the
: "Diamond Jubilee celebrations" and
: stated that their aim will be to stress our
: "national spirit".
: One of the protesters, Angela D, says ‘We
: find it repulsive that in a time of
: so-called ‘austerity,’ where government cuts
: to benefits have put 200,000 additional
: children into poverty, that £55 million can
: be spent on one ceremony.'
: Another of the occupiers, Frida, has stated
: ‘We are occupying the crane in protest of
: Armed Forces day – we object to the
: glorification of war and are here to make
: our voices heard.’