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Germans Oppose Drive to War in Ukraine
Lay down your arms in Ukraine!
Stop NATO !
The peace movement in Germany shares with many people the concern for peace in Europe. Nothing is good in Ukraine. The situation is stretched to breaking point, further escalation is to be feared. It is 5 minutes before midnight.
The transitional government is significantly influenced by representatives of the neo-fascist party "Svoboda" and the right-wing militant group "Right Sector“. Their goal is to fight the people in eastern Ukraine, opposing by military force those in the East who demand greater autonomy and self-determination. The recently convened "Round Table" is a sham, because the representatives of the “breakaway” regions are excluded.
The sabre-rattling in the West is completely inadequate to the seriousness of the situation. The ones seeing Russia as the big troublemaker and aggressor, have understood very little of the conditions in and around Ukraine. The authorship of international tensions in Eastern Europe lies in the policies of the EU and NATO, who have pushed their borders towards both Russia and Ukraine. They now want to gag Ukraine economically with a contract of association and bring it into a military posture against Russia. What was once conceived as a "common European home", degenerates into a Western-dominated Europe in which Russia is assigned the role of at best a servants' chamber. Common security is different!
What Ukraine and the region need are an immediate cease-fire and the beginning of a negotiation process with all parties involved. The peace movement demands:
Do everything to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Ukraine.
From EU and the federal government of Germany, we demand a policy of de-escalation in the Ukraine and to reduce tensions with Russia;
No economic sanctions ! Withdrawal of the " Association Agreement " !
To the media in our country, we demand a proper reporting and to tone down the rhetoric.
No tolerance of, and no cooperation with, fascist forces in Ukraine!
Stop the eastward expansion of NATO! Ukraine must remain non-aligned.
No arms exports into the region !
Create trust : for example, by convening a European Security Conference and the strict respect of the prohibition of force enshrined in international law.
Common security rather than confrontation!
Demonstrations, rallies and other actions will be held on Saturday, May 31 throughout Germany, at 11:55 am with the common signal to Ukraine : LAY DOWN YOUR WEAPONS !
Federal Friedensratschlag: http://www.ag-