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Why I was arrested for protesting against US nukes in Brussels

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It's not every day you find yourself lying on a freezing military runway at 7 o'clock in the morning. I don’t take breaking the law lightly, so why did we decide to climb a three-metre barbed-wire fence to break into the Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium where the country stores US bombs?

There are 15,000 nuclear bombs still in circulation in the world and about 20 nuclear bombs are still present at the Kleine Brogel military base. The UK’s own arsenal is an estimated 215 nuclear warheads, each of which is far more deadly than the first nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Whilst figures will not muster much emotional response from many of us, perhaps the human cost of nuclear warfare will. This is a quote from Fujio Torikoshi, 86, who survived Hiroshima:

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“I was told that I had until about age 20 to live. Yet here I am seven decades later, aged 86. All I want to do is forget, but the prominent keloid scar on my neck is a daily........

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