German pacifists urge "Jobs, not Weapons" in Easter marches FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 08:17:15 -0700 (PDT)


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GERMAN PACIFISTS URGE MORE SPENDING ON JOBS AND LESS ON ARMS

  Associated Press, 04/11/98

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - About 1,300 pacifists took part in Easter marches
in several German cities Saturday to urge the government to spend more
money on creating jobs and less on weapons.

Though turnout was thin compared to the annual marches' heyday during the
Cold War, organizer Willi van Ooyen in Frankfurt said he was satisfied that
pacifists were ``showing their presence.''

In the 1980s, the Easter marches - held on both Saturday and Sunday of the
Easter weekend - drew tens of thousands of Germans in demonstrations
largely aimed against nuclear weapons. This year, with Germany's
unemployment rate above 12 percent, jobs were a prominent theme.

The biggest demonstration was in Munich, where about 400 people marched
downtown under the banner of ``Jobs, not Weapons.''

Smaller gatherings, all of them peaceful, also took place in Duisburg,
Kiel, Wedel, Oldenburg, Berlin, Gersfeld, Bensheim and Bayreuth.

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