July 4, 2022
By David Sole
On June 26 thousands of demonstrators marched through Madrid to say no to militarism, imperialism and the U.S./NATO Ukraine proxy war. They gathered from across Spain, with additional delegations from other European countries and even the Middle East.
The protest was scheduled just days before the North Atlantic Treaty Organization held a summit meeting in the Spanish capital set for June 29-30. A second march to coincide with the opening of the NATO summit was banned by the Spanish government. Participants in the anti-militarism event included students, trade unionists and pensioners.
According to the Tehran Times:
“Demonstrators called for NATO to be dissolved and demanded the military bases maintained by Washington in their country’s territory be shut down. Protesters criticized an increase in military spending in Europe which was urged by NATO, saying it poses a threat to regional peace and security.”
One of the march organizers, Javier Martorell was quoted as saying:
“We think NATO is a criminal organization that doesn’t help the working classes…..with them it’s just war and misery. So we don’t want NATO in our country.” Another marcher said : “Twice as much money is being spent on the army and militarism as before, and that money is being taken away from health, education…”
On June 25 thousands demonstrated in Munich, Germany just prior to a meeting of the G7 in a castle in the Alps. The G7 are the major capitalist economic powers, excluding Russia. They are the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada.
The anti-G7 protest focused more on the failure to address climate change and social inequality, rather than militarism and imperialism. Still it was reported that 18,000 German police were mobilized in Munich and at the mountain retreat where the G7 met.
The United States and its NATO allies continue to push their proxy war against Russia even as the military situation for Ukraine deteriorates. The Business Insider reported on June 11 that “the Ukrainian military is experiencing ‘massive losses’ and cases of desertion are growing….”