Anti-nuclear demonstrators rally outside German air base

August 31st, 2008 - 1:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Buechel (Germany), (DPA) About 2,000 pacifists demonstrated without violence Saturday outside a German Air Force base where they insist 20 US nuclear weapons are stored.They demanded that the weapons be removed from Buechel air base on Germany’s western rim and be scrapped.

Hundreds of police kept a careful eye on the rally after some demonstrators had threatened to climb the fence and invade the fighter-bomber base.

Neither German nor US officials have ever confirmed that the sole remaining US nuclear warheads on German soil are maintained at Buechel by a US Air Force team. Experts say that this is plausible since US nuclear-weapon safety inspectors do make calls at the site.

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