Bonn (dpa / lnw) – In North Rhine-Westphalia, too, people are taking to the streets for peace again on the Easter weekend – in view of the Ukraine war, there are likely to be a particularly large number this time. However, it remains to be seen “whether images like those of the civilians killed in Butscha are more likely to mobilize or perhaps reinforce resignation,” said Kristian Golla from the Peace Cooperation Network in Bonn, which coordinates the Easter marches nationwide.
Gronau starts with a bicycle demonstration on Good Friday. In Münster, an Easter march with bikes will also start on Saturday under the motto “Lay down your arms! No to war! Stop the spiral of escalation!”. One of the biggest events in North Rhine-Westphalia is traditionally the Rhine-Ruhr Easter March from Saturday to Easter Monday. The danger of a nuclear war is now higher than it has been since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, warn organizers in the Ruhr area.
During the Ukraine war, the participants in the Easter marches demand an immediate ceasefire and the start of peace negotiations.
Another central topic is said to be the upgrade of the Bundeswehr announced by the Federal Government. “There is complete agreement here that we need the 100 billion for the climate and other urgent tasks and not for weapons,” said Golla. “Investing 100 billion in armament in one fell swoop is just a free pass for armaments companies to earn money. That doesn’t bring any additional security either.” In particular, the peace movement rejects the purchase of new F-35 combat aircraft that could carry US nuclear bombs.
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