Anti-missile peace camp (Yukon/Alaska) hailed as success
Anti-missile peace camp hailed as success
WebPosted Sep 27 2004 09:11 AM CDT
FORT GREELY, Alaska - A group of Yukoners, including students and teachers from Vanier Catholic School, descended upon a major U.S. military base over the weekend.
They were taking part in a peace camp at the Fort Greely missile base just outside Delta Junction, Alaska.
The camp was used to protest George Bush's missile defence shield program.
Fort Greely is home to the first interceptor missiles in that plan.
Fourteen people from the Yukon, including teachers and students from Vanier Catholic High School, made the 10-hour journey to the base.
"Alaskans have been so friendly to us. Last night was great, just sitting around the fire and having conversations with people and their concerns and stuff like that," says Nathan Young, one of the Yukon delegation.
The protesters say the missile defence system is a big-business hoodwinking of the taxpayer
Members of No Nukes North credited the Yukon contingent for making their annual protest an international event this year.
"Americans need to know that it's not only fellow Americans who are opposed to this, there's an entire organization of people across the world," Young says.
Young says Yukoners should be concerned for their safety with a missile base being located in Alaska.
Alaskan protesters said they were happy to see the Canadians there.
"The thing that I want to convey most to the people of Canada is that the number one reason this site is being built is because of corporate welfare," says Greg Garcia, one of the protest organizers from Alaska.
"It's because defence contractors want to build something and they're bilking the government of up to a trillion dollars which is taxpayer money which is being diverted from very real needs from health care and education and actually real defence.
"So the system doesn't work and the main problem is corporations in control of our government."
Garcia says he's hopeful the Yukon contingent will try to lobby the federal government on this side of the border to not participate in the missile program.
There's no formal vote scheduled in Ottawa on the matter of missile defence.