The exercises, considered the biggest made by NATO since the end of the so-called Cold War, mobilize since Wednesday 36 thousand troops from some 30 countries in territories of Italy, Portugal and mainly Spain, where 20 thousand soldiers will be deployed.


Indicated yesterday that already several groups protested, non-violently, in places like Bilbao and Valencia, where they obstructed movement of military equipment and chained themselves to armored vehicles during the first phase started on October 3.

The groups also announced they would make a human chain next November 4 against the visit of the NATO Secretary General, Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, to the city of Zaragoza, in the northern part of Spain.

War starts here, letâ�Ös stop it here is the slogan of the protest and civil resistance mobilizations in face of maneuvers which will extend until November 6.

In the particular case of Spain they warn those exercises, together with the increase in the use of military bases by NATO troops, puts the country as a war objective in case of an international conflict.

The trainings were announced by the Atlantic alliance as maneuvers to certify their new corps of High Availability, conceived to act in any zone of the planet in a short period of time.

The anti-war groups also criticize the high cost of the war games that, they denounce, in 2014 represented an expense of 1.8 trillion dollars, while in 2016, much higher sums are expected.

According to the organization Antimilitarist Alternative only with one tenth of the Spanish military and police budget infant malnutrition could be eradicated in all the planet.

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