Thousands protest NATO in Munich

munich_0219While NATO officials from the 28 current member countries of the U.S.-dominated military alliance met in Munich, Germany, 4,000 people demonstrated outside. The sharpening crisis in Ukraine brought a sense of urgency to the protest, which gathered Feb. 7 in the Bavarian city under the slogan, “With NATO, no peace.” A second demonstration focused its attention on protesting the appearance of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and then joined the main march. Sevim Dagdalen, a member of the Parliament (Bundestag) for the Left Party, called for “Germany to send no weapons to Ukraine.” (German daily Junge Welt, Feb. 9)