Menwith Hill campaigners plan 'Independence from America Day' protest

Menwith Hill protesters are to hold a demo this weekend to coincide with the Fourth of July and Independence Day.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 3:07 pm
Updated Monday, 28th June 2021, 3:08 pm
A Menwith Hill protest earlier this year outside the intelligence base to mark the International Day Against Foreign Military Bases. (Picture by Neil Terry Photography)

Menwith Hill Air Force, which is officially a Royal Air Force station providing communications and intelligence support services to the UK and the USA, is regarded by The Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign as one of America's most important overseas spy bases one, they claim, is not accountable to the local community or to the British Parliament.

A small number of members of the campaign are to hold a small party at the main gates of the base, which lies eight miles from Harrogate, this Sunday, July 4 from 2pm to 3.30pm with all other participants taking part online using Zoom.

Campaigners over the years from the launch of CND onwards have raised concerns about the lack of accountability for the activities carried out at Menwith Hill.

The fourth of July marks the anniversary of the United States of America’s call for Independence from Great Britain 1776.

The Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign now marks July 4 each year with a call for Independence from the United States of America.

Because of Covid-19 this year’s Independence from America Event will be held mostly on Zoom.

There will be a reading of a Declaration of Independence from America, some short talks by people with relevant experience and stories to tell, interspersed with music provided by the East Lancs Clarion Choir and the Peace Artistes.

There will also be a contribution from Alex Sobel MP who in the past has asked many written Parliamentary Questions about Menwith Hill.

Organisers say anyone wishing to participate on Zoom is welcome to request an invitation from [email protected]

The Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign website can be seen at: https://themhac.uk

Any questions or enquiries can be made by email to [email protected]

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