Monthly Archive for July, 2022

Dutch man jailed 30 days for nuclear weapons protest in Germany

On the Fourth of July, friends and fellow activists accompanied Frits ter Kuile to Wittlich Prison in Germany, where he began serving a 30-day sentence for his resistance to nuclear weapons. In the summer of 2018, ter Kuile and 17 others entered Büchel Air Base, which is home to 20 U.S. nuclear weapons.

His supporters held banners at a vigil outside the prison. Frits, a Catholic Worker from Amsterdam, spoke of his action and decision to go to jail rather than pay a fine. He warned of the powder keg of nuclear weapons already deployed across Europe, and the imminent arrival of new ones. By his actions, Frits seeks to promote alternatives to armaments and war, namely the Way of Jesus who advises us to pray for those who persecute, occupy and oppress us, to overcome evil with good.

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