International Panel Discussion on US Foreign Military Bases

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“Ban the Bases!”

BAYAN and global allies form campaign network vs. US military bases

 

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and its allied international organizations have come together to form a global campaign network in a renewed bid to intensify the people’s struggle against overseas military bases of the US, the presence of its troops in other countries, and its wars of aggression.

 

Called “Ban the Bases!”, the network is presently in the process of formalizing its establishment and at the same time gathering more groups and individuals to join.

 

In a caucus convened in the Philippines on July 5, 2011, in connection with the holding of the International Panel Discussion on US Overseas Military Bases, delegates representing organizations from various countries resolved to form Ban the Bases!.

Activists from the US, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Guam, Kenya, Belgium, China, Venezuela, Greece and the Philippines who attended the panel discussion recognized that there is an urgent need to link-up the anti-bases struggles worldwide into a broad global front under the framework of anti-imperialist struggle.

The formation of Ban the Bases! comes at a time of prolonged global economic depression of the world capitalist system that further fuels imperialism’s drive for hegemony, exploitation and wars. The US military bases worldwide play a vital role in defending and advancing the interests of imperialism.

Under the aegis of the “global war on terror” and its counter-insurgency plan (COIN), US military bases play an important role in US wars of aggression, and its attacks against forces critical to US policies, resisting imperialism and struggling for national liberation. It is also used to blackmail and bully sovereign nations asserting their sovereignty from US intervention and domination.

The panel discussion on US military bases was organized by BAYAN, the Asia Pacific Anti-US Bases Network, the East Asia Oceania Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples Struggle (EAOCC-ILPS), together with the Peace for Life and Asia-Wide Coalition (AWC). It was one of the simultaneous events held during the weeklong International Festival of People’s Rights and Struggles (IFPRS) held at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. IFPRS was a gathering of peoples from Asia and the Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Ban the Bases! aims to launch a global and sustained campaign against foreign military presence, intervention and war. It also aims to link-up the struggles of peoples worldwide, foster international solidarity and cooperation and provide venues for sharing lessons of struggles, strategies and tactics.

Ban the Bases! will conduct activities geared towards promoting mass education on the issues of US bases in particular and imperialism in general. It will also conduct research works and organize study conferences, colloquia and tribunals. It will also organize coordinated protest actions and solidarity activities (protests, missions, etc) while engaging in various international platforms and events. #

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 01:37