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Peace camp moves after eviction threat
Fairford Peace Camp
The protesters have set up camp in the garden of a local pub
Peace protesters who set up camp outside an airbase to campaign against a possible war in Iraq have been forced to move.

Members of the Stroud Peace Group had been living in tents on land in the village of Kempsford, near RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire two weeks ago.

But they had been threatened with eviction from the site, which is owned by a local farmer.

So the day before the case was due to go to court, the protesters moved on and set up camp nearby.

Anti-war protest at RAF Fairford
The airbase has seen a number of anti-war protests

They are now staying in the garden of the Axe and Compass pub in the village, with the permission of the landlady.

The campaigners originally planned to continue their protest for a month in the run up to a possible war with Iraq.

They believe that in the event of conflict, the base would become home to American B2 stealth bombers, and want to draw attention to this.

RAF Fairford has frequently been the target of anti-war campaigns, and protests have been held there on a number of occasions in past weeks.

In 1999 a group of women set up a peace camp outside the base to argue against the NATO bombing of Kosovo.




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