This nonviolent action (organized after the seminar “War starts here. Let’s stop it from here!, which took place during the previous week) was organized by the network Alternativa Antimilitarista.MOC as part of their campaign “Recortar lo Militar” (Cut the military), which aims to make visible and question the present social remilitarisation and the increased social control necessary to impose on the population policy of capitalist “adjustments”.
While the majority of the population is suffering a worsening of their living conditions, the different governments cut labor and social rights, and social services. At the same time they maintain, if they don’t increase it in a covert way, the military apparatus and the one needed for social control with all the expenses this requires.
The actions of the Global Day on Military Spending, which during these days take place all over the world, denounce that the present amount of global military spending has increased to 1.75 trillion dollars, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
“We denounce these immense and immoral expenditures. We demand that military spending should be reduced to zero and that the so freed resources should be invested into the people, in their development and in satisfying their basic needs”, says Andreas Speck, a German peace activist.