The state platform for peace NATO No, consisting of various associations against the organization of the North Atlantic Treaty, launched a protest campaign this Friday for the summit that is scheduled to take place in Madrid next week. The call, with the motto Peace Summit, NATO NO, lasts all weekend and will be attended by Enrique Santiago, Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, who will take part in one of the events planned for this Saturday. Other members of the United Left (IU), Podemos and the Communist Party will also attend. The Manifesto
calls for the “dissolution” of the organization and the “dismantling” of the entire Spanish military industry.
The planned activities include several discussion tables that will deal with the security of states, the role of women in armed conflicts or the role of NATO in the current war in Ukraine and in the international context. Events will culminate on Sunday with a midday demonstration that will criss-cross Madrid from Atocha train station to Plaza de España.
This NATO summit comes amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24 and which highlighted differences between the two executive branch parties after a majority of United We Can ministers opposed arms sales to the Ukrainian resistance had expressed in favor of a diplomatic solution. However, the presence of representatives from Podemos will be very small compared to other left forces. Only Lucía Muñoz, Member of Congress, will attend this Friday along with Sira Rego –number two of the United Left – on the first day, which will take place at the Marcelino Camacho Auditorium.
For the IU, Board Member Eva García Sempere, MEP Manuel Pineda and International Area Manager Jon Rodríguez will be present. Consumption Minister Alberto Garzón has not yet announced whether or not he will attend any of the events this weekend.
Enrique Santiago, secretary general of the Communist Party and foreign minister, has reiterated his support for the dissolution of NATO: “It should not come as a surprise that the Spanish Communist Party supports the resolution of conflicts, calls for the dissolution of alliances and calls for the military to be built peace alliances”.
Defense Minister Margarita Robles recalled this Friday that, according to a barometer from the Elcano Royal Institute, 83% of Spaniards support Spain’s membership in NATO. Furthermore, given the presence of United We Can members at these protests against the Atlantic Alliance, he has assured that the government’s position will be shaped by President Pedro Sánchez and the Foreign and Defense Ministers, both in socialist hands.
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