(Picture: Members of Australian Anti-Bases Campaign protest involvement in overseas wars and unnecessary military spending (27 July 2013))
Comment at 4 March 2014
BLOODY TUESDAY IN THE UKRAINE
Events are moving very quickly in the Ukraine so this comment may become outdated very soon. It seems that the protests in Kiev had been steadily escalating for many weeks, with injury but no deaths. This situation changed on Tuesday 18 February when 26 people including 10 police officers were killed. On 20 February some 25 protestors and two police officers died. It appears that from 18 February police moved from nonlethal methods to shooting with live rounds. (The protestors appear also to have used guns). These episodes were a turning point. They are reminiscent of ’Bloody Sunday’ in Northern Ireland on 30th January 1972, when fourteen people died as a result of gunfire from British Troops. In Kiev pressure from the community greatly increased and President Viktor Yanukovych was removed. ‘Bloody Sunday’ saw the start of decades of lethal violence in Northern Ireland. In the Ukraine, we now have the prospect of possible armed conflict between Russian and Ukrainian troops. Let’s just hope that the move from a nonlethal to a lethal approach on Kiev’s ‘Bloody Tuesday’ will not lead to ongoing lethal violence in the Ukraine. Joining the European Union (or not), continuation of Russian naval bases in the Crimea and respect for Russian language and culture are matters for negotiation, not for ’settling’ by killing people.
One day, except as curios, guns designed for killing people will be illegal
(Sporting guns – for responsible shooters – will be OK)
Explosives will only be used in mining, engineering and fireworks.
7th EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM on NON-LETHAL WEAPONS
The 7th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons
took place on June 3-5 2013 at its usual location at the Stadthalle in Ettlingen, Germany. The theme for the symposium was ‘how fielded non lethal technologies have performed in real operational environments’. For the conference brochure go to www.non-lethal-weapons.com .
(For comment on the conference see the August 2013 NLS Newsletter.)
The Purpose of Nonlethal Security for Peace
The purpose of the Nonlethal Security for Peace Campaign is to reduce the damage of war.
- Reduce death and injury in warfare by promoting the use of non-damaging technology in conflict resolution
- Influence peace-keeping agencies (such as the UN) to move progressively from lethal to non-lethal weaponry
- Subsequently influence defence forces in nations around the world to make the same transformation to non-lethal defence
- Over the course of time, change world culture from lethal to non-lethal conflict resolution, with the result that the nuclear weapons that threaten our species will finally be eliminated
- By removing lethality from conflict resolution, help to lower the overall level of violence in society, promoting a more peaceful and just world.
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