No to US Bases,
No to Occupation!
the undersigned, are happy to announce the official establishment of
the International Campaign against US Overseas Military Bases under
the initiative of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, as
the main accomplishment of the international anti-bases conference
held on 20-22 September 2003 in Chania, Greece.
delegates attending the conference included representatives from
Denmark, England, Greece, Italy, Philippines, Turkey and Scotland.
Delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Fiji,
Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, Thailand and the US were unable
to attend for various reasons. In addition there were many messages of
solidarity and support to the conference from various
anti-imperialist, peace, human rights groups and national liberation
conference mandated the members of the initiative committee to act as
the coordinating committee to oversee the implementation of planned
activities of the campaign, reach out to more organizations and forces
and prepare the holding of a future conference to facilitate greater
and broader participation. It is the hope of the conference to build
a powerful worldwide movement to oust US overseas military bases
throughout the world.
conference affirmed that the peoples’ struggle to throw out the US
military bases from all countries in the world has become especially
important under the current world conditions. The wild aggressiveness
of US imperialists for world domination, the frequent military
interventions in various countries and regions that are of strategic
importance to US interests and the recent invasion and occupation of
Iraq, more than ever bring to the attention the issue of the struggle
against US military bases.
is now evident to all the peoples across the world that these military
bases are used as instruments to facilitate the imperialist powers in
their unjust wars to occupy countries and regions and to impose
complete imperialist domination. The US uses these military bases to
make the hosting countries economically, politically and militarily
dependent, lead them, through the local bourgeoisie to greater
subjugation and blackmails them to act as “willing” participants in
the US plans. After September 11th the US has intensified
its military presence and installed new military bases within regions
considered as strategic, such as Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Central
and Western Asia (Middle East).
is under such anti-peoples and reactionary developments and the
imminent dangers poised against humanity by the US belligerence, that
the need for common action and struggle of the peoples to throw out US
military bases from every country and region becomes an urgent task.
The struggle against the military bases is a basic element of the
anti-imperialist struggle and an important factor in the struggle to
defeat US imperialism and can bring hope and victory to the peoples'
installation of US military bases and their military presence in the
hosting countries create the reactionary political conditions that
strengthen the rule of the most reactionary and tyrannical regimes in
order to continue to implement anti-people, anti-worker policies. From
this point of view, the struggle against the military bases is at the
same time a struggle in support of the national and social liberation
struggles across the world.
massive anti-war wave of opposition that was recently displayed in
every corner of the planet against the US shows the anger of the
peoples worldwide and their will to fight against imperialism and war.
The great wish of the peoples is to live in peace and brotherhood,
without the horror of war, without exploiters and oppressors.
Addressing the Palestinian people’s plight the conference condemns the
US backed Zionist state and the occupation of Palestine and expressed
its support and solidarity with the Palestinian people’s just struggle
and resistance against the occupation forces. The Conference condemns
the genocidal policy of the Bush-Sharon criminal gang against the
conference resolutely condemns the criminal and illegal invasion and
occupation of Iraq by the US and British imperialist forces and calls
upon peoples everywhere to expose the crimes and atrocities of the US
and British occupation forces against the Iraqi people. Further, the
conference expresses its support for the resistance of the Iraqi
people to liberate their land from the US-British imperialist
conference calls on the American people, especially the working people
and families of servicemen, to resist the hypocritical “war on terror”
policy of the Bush regime and demand the immediate withdrawal of all
US military personnel from foreign soil. Furthermore, the conference
calls on all-peace loving people to oppose and bring pressure upon
their own governments not to send troops and stop collaboration with
the US in its wars of aggression and occupation.
conference calls on all democratic, anti-imperialist and anti-war
organizations, groups and activists to intensify their struggle
against the presence of US overseas military bases and to join the
international anti-bases campaign to bring about an effective
internationally coordinated and sustained campaign against US bases
and other forms of US military presence overseas.
International Campaign Against US Overseas Military Bases.
l England Vice-chair
of the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) - Helen John
l Denmark The
United Peoples - Ole
l Greece Communist
Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist), Akrotiri Committee Against the
Expansion of the Bases,
of Chania, Militant Movement of Teachers, Militant Movement of
Students, left Militant Movement of Workers, Anti-war Anti-imperialist
Initiative of Thessaloniki, Anti-war Committees of Epirus, Anti-war
Anti-imperialist Committee of Karditsa
Secretariat, ILPS General
Peace Center , Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance
l Scotland Scottish
CND (also Scottish. Socialist .Party) - Brian Qail
Turkish Section, Leather Workers’ Union in Tuzla/Istanbul.
l Australia Australian
Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
l Bangladesh BAFLF,
Approach For Development &
For Mother Earth
Fairford Peace Watch, Campaign Of The Accountability Of American Bases
l Fiji Islands PCRC
l Greece Greek
Social Forum, Communist
Organization of Greece, Peace Committee of Chania, Labor Center of
Chania, Social Security Foundation Pensioners' Union, Teachers Union
of Primary and Infant School of Chania, Teachers Union of Secondary
Education of Chania, Greek Social Forum, Greek-Kurdish Friendship
Association, League of the Left, the Movements and Ecology party
l India All India
People’s Resistance Forum (AIPRF), Mumbai Resistance 2004 (MR2004)
National Students Front
ICOM (Intern Communication
World Peoples’ Resistance
Nepal Trade Union
Federation, Anti-Imperialist Revolutionary Forum
Organization For Peace Solidarity Right And Justice
Compatriot Network Group,
National Lawyer’s Guild/Military Law Task Force.
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