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STAR WARS MISSILE TEST DRAWS INTERNATIONAL OPPOSITION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: BRUCE GAGNON (352) 337-9274 The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is organizing an international effort on September 13-15 to oppose the revitalized Star Wars plans of the Clinton administration and the U.S. Congress. Calling it the Star Wars International Call-In Days, activists around the world will be speaking out in opposition to a scheduled Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) test planned in September over the Pacific Ocean by the Pentagon. Congress has voted to allow the BMD system to move forward as "soon as technically feasible". The Clinton administration is now beginning to consider circumventing the 1972 ABM Treaty that outlaws the development of weapons systems like the BMD. Clinton is scheduled to make a final deployment decision on the BMD in June, 2000. According to Global Network Coordinator Bruce Gagnon, "With Democrats and Republicans recently voting to allow early deployment of BMD, the door has been opened wide for the deployment of space-based weapons. We are talking about moving the arms race into space! The cost in tax dollars will be staggering and the threat to world peace will be enormous. People understand that putting lasers in space is an offensive strategy. We are organizing a global response to this craziness." Global Network organizers are calling on the public to contact the White House and Congress between September 13-15 with the message No BMD, No Star Wars. Activists in other parts of the world will be contacting the U.S. Embassy in their country with the same message. The Star Wars International Call-In Days will mark the beginning of a year long campaign being organized by the Global Network. Throughout 2000 a series of events will target the Star Wars issue. Included in these actions will be a demonstration at the Treasury Department on April 14 highlighting the $100 billion that has been spent on Star Wars development to date and an International conference on the subject the following day. On October 7, 2000 an International Day of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space will be held. Check the Global Network website at: http://www.globenet.free-online.co.uk # # # #