News Release

Activists Arrested at Nuclear Base in the Netherlands


A group of activists from the U.S. and Europe have been arrested at the Volkel air base in the Netherlands. The base holds U.S. nuclear weapons which the activists and legal experts charge violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. See coverage in the Dutch press.

The activists plan similar actions at Büchel Air Base in Germany.


MARK COLVILLE,, @AmistadObrero

Crane is with the Redwood City Catholic Worker community in California. Colville is a founding member of the Amistad Catholic Worker community in New Haven, Conn. They are among the activists organizing the actions.

The group states that on Wednesday 16 “activists from the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the USA worked on a tunnel under the fence of Volkel Air Base with the intention of occupying the runway once again to call society to abolish nuclear weapons and CO2 emissions by the armed forces and to learn to solve our conflicts in such a way that other people and fellow creatures, large and small, plant and animal, do not suffer.” They had conducted a prior occupation of the runway.

The U.S. activists arrested include Ellen Grady, Brian Terrell, Jackie Allen-Doucot, and Theo Keyser. Fellow activists have been awaiting their release all day Wednesday.

For more on the action, see report from the Nuclear Resister.

See prior IPA news release: “Activists Converge to Protest Nuclear Weapons in Europe Which ‘Threaten Genocidal Violence.’

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167