August 6, 2018 by Nukewatch Leave a Comment July 23 action occupying a live German Air Force base runway On Monday July 23, a group of seven German activists led by Quaker organizers got through the fence and occupied the runway just as the day’s Tornado fighter jet flights were getting underway.The runway occupation was so disturbing to the air base authorities, that for the first time in 20 years of protest, an Air Force pilot trainer escorted by a high ranking civil police officer came directly into peace camp to complain about the “dangerous” demonstration. Protesters replied that the danger is relatively tiny compared to handling nuclear weapons and practicing for nuclear war.In photo, John LaForge and Susan Crane from the Redwood City California Catholic Worker helped cut the fence for the seven to get through. Seven participants in a “Quaker go-in action” July 23 stopped traffic on the 1.5-mile-long air base runway, hitting a nerve with air force authorities who sent a high-ranking pilot trainer to the camp in person (with a police liaison) to complain. The seven runway occupiers were released after being detained and ID’d, and the authorities told the press that charges may be pending. Quakers go-in action saw seven get on the live runway 10 a.m. July 23.
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