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Belarra reiterates opposition to increase in military spending ahead of NATO summit: ‘You can’t eat with bullets’

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He calls for increased spending on social protection because “bombs don’t put out fires and tanks don’t put out fires”.


Podemos Secretary General and Minister for Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, assured this Wednesday, a week before the NATO summit in Madrid, that “this is not the time to increase military spending but to increase social protection “. .

“You have to be clear: you don’t eat with bullets, you don’t heal with bombs and you don’t put out fires with tanks,” he launched by telematic intervention at the inauguration of a new forum European Peace Movement, which he shared with other forces of the European left since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

In this sense France Insumisa, Syriza, Sinn Féin, the Belgian Workers’ Party, Italian Sinistra, Poder al Pueblo (Italy), the Portuguese Bloco de Esquerda, Dema (Italy), the Peoples’ Democratic Party of Turkey, IU, Bildu , the Progressives International or the team of former UK Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In addition, the various political forces have signed a roadmap for peace, which will be sent to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and to the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrel, in which they call for calls on the international community “to be an active part of the spaces for debate and reflection on the peace processes and the end of the escalation at the global level”.

The social rights minister has also repeatedly spoken out against direct arms sales to Ukraine, a position that has led to discrepancies with the position of the PSOE and also with the position of the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, who supports the measure. .


During her speech, Belarra denounced the “criminal” and “cruel” invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but warned that the speeches would fuel an “escalating war” “full of irresponsibility” and increase the “pain” of Ukrainian people and the risk of international spread.”It is irresponsible to escalate the conflict because it is bringing us to the brink of the abyss,” he argued.

Therefore, given the proliferation of positions conducive to increasing military investment, the Podemos chairman has insisted that “to achieve greater security for Europeans, the expansion of social investment goes hand in hand with bold and ambitious public policies to address it what really worries families: the electric bills, the lack of educational infrastructure in their neighborhoods and the overcrowding of the classrooms, the long lists in health and machismo”.

“Solidarity with Ukrainians must be the main reason to seek an agreement that ends the war. But it is also important to envision a future of Europe in peace, where resources are devoted to the consolidation of welfare states and not to conflict between states,” he clarified.

It is important for the Podemos Secretary-General to “coordinate a unified response at the international level and continue to say ‘peace now’ loud and clear”.


The parties, which are part of the European peace movement, are demanding an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of the Russian army and the immediate cessation of any invasion or unilateral interference in Ukraine or any other European country, with the subsequent dispatch of UN peace maintenance personnel.

As part of reparations for the Ukrainian people, the manifesto supports various measures such as promoting the work of the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on Ukrainian territory during the war in Ukraine, as well as cases of violence against women and girls, or implement an extraordinary plan to rebuild Ukraine with economic and humanitarian aid and cancel its foreign debt.

Source europapress.es

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