22 May 2012
The 2012, NATO Summit ended in Chicago, the US, yesterday.
According to Democracy Now! delegates from more than 60 countries took part in this year’s summit - the largest NATO summit in the organization’s six-decade history. Many international peace activists also traveled from across the globe to take part in protests on the streets.
German peace activist. Reiner Braun, chair of the international coalition, said: "We do not need NATO any longer," "No to War, No to NATO." "The old enemy of the NATO — the Warsaw Pact — is over. But NATO still continues. It spends $1 trillion per year, and we need this money for jobs, for healthcare system, for education."
On Sunday, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as members of Afghans for Peace, led a peace march of thousands of people. Iraq Veterans Against the War held a ceremony where nearly 50 veterans discarded their war medals by hurling them down the street in the direction of the NATO summit.
In the clip above, we hear the soldiers' voices as they return their medals one by one from the stage.
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "Nato and G8 summits: what did we learn on Afghanistan, aid and the euro?" from the Guardian.