People of Spain say no to war

Unfortunately their government is not listening and is supporting the war machine

Feature story - 11 March, 2003
It is spring in Spain, the sun is shining and the countryside is being covered in a blanket of green, fragrant yellow flowers are growing on gently rolling hills. No wait, those are not hills, they are ammunitions bunkers buried in the ground behind three razor wire fences guarded by video cameras and regular patrols on a joint US and Spanish military base.

The Rainbow Warrior is in Cadiz in the southwestern part of Spain for its latest stop campaigning against war.

The region may be springing to life, but the Spanish government is marching head long into a war in Iraq with the US and UK where half of the casualties could be innocent children.

The Rainbow Warrior is now in Cadiz on the southwest coast of Spain not far from the Rota naval base, a joint operation with the US military. Everyday military and civilian ships are coming and going from the port with supplies for the war, but you would't have to look far to find opposition to the Spanish government's involvement in the war.

Even in the little town of Rota built upon the wealth of the base, there are many posters saying no to war. In fact, 94 percent of the population of Spain is against this war, with or without the backing of the United Nations. Only three percent support a war. All over town in Cadiz as well there are posters and big hand made banners on cotton sheets hanging off balconies saying "No a la Guerra".

The people of Spain are against this war, all the government opposition parties are against the war. But the Spanish government continues to support Bush and Blair and is backing them at the UN Security Council hoping to pass a second resolution in the coming days.

But it seems the government is not oblivious to the opposition, as reported by the national Spanish newspaper El Mundo:

"Also, the presence in Cadiz of the Rainbow Warrior, the flagship of Greenpeace, has made the Ministry of Foreign affairs somewhat nervous. The constant transit of EU military ships through the Straight could produce a great incident. According to Juan Jose Navarro, in Cadiz, Greenpeace has not ruled out any protests at the naval base of Rota. 'The government must abandon their shameful warmongering stance,' says Carlos Bravo of Greenpeace."

Carlos, a Greenpeace nuclear and disarmament campaign for Greenpeace in Spain, talks more about the Spanish government's support for the war and the overwhelming public opposition.

Take action and show your opposition to the war by writing to the members of the UN Security Council and ask them to say no to war.