Around 1,500 protesters gathered to demand the closure of the Ramstein US Air Force base in Germany in a rally organized by the "Stopp Ramstein" activist group.
According to organizers, it was the biggest protest at the US military base in 25 years. The protesters also demanded that the German government ban military operations involving drones on the country's territory. Reiner Braun of the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms told Sputnik Deutschland that the group aims to stop the likelihood of retaliatory strikes against the region because of its military base.
"We are rallying against the anti-air system controlled from Ramstein, which increasingly tightens its encirclement of Russia. We reject the modernization of nuclear weapons. Because of this, we want the base to close," Braun told Sputnik Deutschland.
"Where weapons are placed, retaliatory strikes take place. So in case of war, retaliatory strikes will hit the regions where military bases are located. Because of this, the population of Kaiserslautern and adjacent territories is subject to critical risks in case of war," Braun added.
Braun also said that the group seeks to dissolve NATO, saying that Germany's departure from organization would weaken the alliance but not liquidate it. To overcome NATO, a structure similar to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should be created, according to the activists.