9 August 2006: for immediate release

Despite significant pressure from the public and MPs, the British government has continued to allow American planes carrying weapons to Israel to refuel at British airports. Weapons flights are known to have landed at RAF Brize Norton (Oxfordshire), RAF Mildenhall (Suffolk), and Glasgow Prestwick Airport since Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip and Lebanon began over one month ago.

Today, Wednesday 9th August, demonstrators will gather at the main gate at 6 pm to call on the British government to stop its complicity in the deadly attacks on Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Kate Hudson, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and veteran peace activist Pat Arrowsmith will attend this evening’s demonstration.

A peace camp will also be set up at Brize Norton in the coming days to continuously monitor the situation at Brize Norton and call for a halt to the weapons flights. It is likely that many of the “citizen war crimes detectives” involved in the recent actions at Glasgow Prestwick Airport will lend their support to upcoming demonstrations and peace camps at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Mildenhall.

Notes to Editor:

1. Further demonstrations at RAF Brize Norton are scheduled for Saturday 12th August at 12 noon at the main gate, organised by Swindon Stop the War and CND; There will also be a protest on Saturday 12th August at 12:30 pm on Broad Street in Oxford, organised by Oxford Stop the War.
2. For further information and interviews please contact Rick Wayman, CND’s Press & Communications Officer, on 0207 7002350 or 07968 420859
3. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is one of Europe’s biggest single-issue peace campaigns, with over 32,000 members in the UK. CND campaigns for the abolition of all nuclear weapons everywhere.