Trinational Fasting in Büchel from 6th till 9th of August

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People in Paris, London, some in Africa and the usual ones in Japan commemorated the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki again. Global Communication among each other “just in time” is still a little complicated, therefore let's say "trinational" for now. Also for me it was hard this time, but the group motivates. In addition to that I knew that some people already stopped eating on July 30th. (ICAN) and the international Fellowship of reconciliation were those who invited to come to Büchel. Some of the youngsters played a theatre piecec with music, a trumpet player blew "we shall overcome" every hour on the dot in front of the military airbase and of course we had interesting dialogues during our protest.

At 6 o'clock in the morning the camp slowly woke up. First a few people tried to reach the soldiers when the shift changed and one troop came out while the other moved in. They handed out letters to them. Then people gathered for a devotion and later everybody showed presence.

Names of victims always close the ceremony. One reads the name aloud for everybody to listen in peaceful commemoration and a candle is lit. I don`t know how many we heard already, but this time we also lit another candle for "a victim we don't know a name for". A human being tilt by the chain reaction of death, erased from living in the city, a city which knew the name for sure... Who knows, maybe in Japan here and there sparks a memory, something that gets pushed away immediately because it's to terrifying, ... displaced facing the new weapons of massdestruction like those in Northkorea or just those they want to modernize in soon here in Büchel…

Our representatives wrote they will disarm nuclear weopons because germany shall never start a war again and will therefor urge the americans to withdraw their bombs. This is known by Berlin also because we keep reminding them, this is known by smart boys like Thilo Jung, this is known by politicans who spoke out in Austria to ban those weapons! Let`s conclude we all know the fu***** deal.

In the area around Nevada, where most A-Bombs detonated since world war II, native americans used to protest around Christopher Columbus Day… Joachim joined them when he was a student, he told us about their awareness while we walked around the whole airbase with coulurfull flags… Young People from Russia, Serbia, Israel and Italy heard this story.

A Go In was prevented by moving the fence closer towards the civil area. A sign warns “Schießbefehl” (shooting if…). It moves closer towards the responsibility of the police, the public and the usual traffic up on this Hill in the Eifel. This Fence – No Problem! It doesn`t bother us, but the widing out the shooting zone is a wrong signal! A wrong signal by the Bundeswehr (or Nato?), and unfortunately again a signal for the failing instruments on the political level.

All shall know what`s really going on in Büchel when you look through the covers. Visit the Friedenswiese, ask the soldiers, the residents or us how things should be. By the way maybe that`s what they want to know, too.

One thing is clear, we all want to live now and in future (free from the Atomic bomb).

Onno Oncken