Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation

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The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation condemns the terrorist attack against the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and against other Venezuelan leaders, that took place last Saturday, August 4, in Caracas.

This attack rises to a new and dangerous level the manoeuvres and campaigns by the reactionary right wing and by imperialism, that aim at destabilizing Venezuela and at overthrowing its legitimate government, lead by Nicolás Maduro.

On the 73rd. anniversary of the US nuclear bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9, 1945, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) reaffirms the need and urgency to put an end to this type of weapons of widespread destruction. General, simultaneous and controlled disarmament has for more than seven decades been the central aim of action of all those who, in Portugal and around the world, defend international peace and security.

Following the actions decided in the meeting of WPC European member organizations, held in London on 26 May, and the consultation to WPC European member organizations we now divulge the text "ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS - HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI NEVER AGAIN", to mark the approaching 73rd anniversary of the US bombings against Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI NEVER AGAIN!

Once again this year, dozens of Portuguese organizations have gathered around CPPC’s call to keep alive and to renew the “Yes to Peace! No to NATO!” campaign – born at the time of the important mobilizations in Portugal against the NATO Summit in Lisbon, in 2010.

The campaign actions have involved a multitude of people that distributed thousands of leaflets and other documents all around the country, spreading among the people the need to struggle for peace and disarmament, against militarism and war, consequently the need to fight against NATO and for its dissolution.

Once again this year Portuguese organizations have gathered to denounce NATO warmongering goals and its summit to be held in Brussels.

The organizations have been promoting initiatives throughout the country, with the distribution of documents and the campaign will culminate in several street actions, in the following days - from July 7 to 12-, namely in the cities of Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Faro and Évora.

See bellow the text cosigned by the Portuguese organizations that is the basis for the campaign.

For peace and disarmament!

The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) manifests its deep concern for the review of the US nuclear policy, made public by the Pentagon last February 2nd.

CPPC considers that the so-called US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) represents a particularly dangerous step in the militarist escalation that marks our time, which could have catastrophic consequences for Humanity, unless constrained through strong initiatives in favor of world Peace.

CPPC has always considered that the problems of the Korean people would have to be resolved by the Korean people, without foreign interference. The events of the past week confirm this. After a period of particular military tension in the region, both parts of Korea restarted a dialogue, long interrupted, and maintain open communication on matters of common interest. The Winter Olympic Games are only the most visible aspect.

The President of the National Leadership of the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC), Ilda Figueiredo, represented CPPC in a conference held in Brussels on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, promoted by the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL).

The end of nuclear weapons and massive destruction, and general, simultaneous and controlled disarmament were reaffirmed as fundamental conditions towards ensuring peace and safety in the world.

Intervention by Ilda Figueiredo

It is with great concern that the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation faces the ongoing deepening of the militarization process of the European Union (EU). Militarism is, together with the curtailment of State sovereignty by supranational institutions dominated by the big powers and the promotion of neoliberal policies, who attack economic and social rights, one of the pillars of the EU — the creation of a future European army, despite the persisting contradictions, is an objective long pursued by the major European powers.

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