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Campaigners to target bases in Yorkshire
Peace campaigners said they have been focusing on two Yorkshire military bases.
Peace campaigners said they have been focusing on two Yorkshire military bases.
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:39PM
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British peace campaigners say they have been focusing on two Yorkshire military bases, as part of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s (CND) Keep Space for Peace week taking place in October.


The activists are targeting bases at Menwith Hill near Harrogate and RAF Fylingdales, near Scarborough.

Menwith is used as an RAF base but holds more than 1,000 US staff. It is sited in North Yorkshire and has the electronic intelligence gathering, which is easily recognizable by its radio equipment that has a huge golf ball-shape.

The site has played a key role in the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and has been targeted by peace campaigners for over three decades. It is being watched every Tuesday evening.

Though, Fylingdales provides an early warning system that is supposed to pick up incoming missiles and is part of a controversial missile defence system owned by the US.

The campaign Keep Space for Peace week will take place from October 6 to 13 and is active internationally, where similar bases in different countries will be targeted.

This year’s topic focuses mainly on unmanned military drones.

An activist for the Yorkshire CND said: "These crewless machines make war easier for politicians, but bring devastation and fear to innocent civilians they target. Britain continues to play a role in the advancement of drone warfare.”

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