Adding to my personal Star Wars weekend, the 4 DVD set was $42.50, high five!, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke did his part and led the protests at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament [CND] rally in Yorkshire, UK this weekend. Yorke was billed as the one of the key speakers at the "No To Star Wars" rally which took place outside the RAF Fylingdales Warning Base in North England. Fylingdales is an essential part of the new US "Star Wars" missile defence system, and is the sole official "Star Wars" base in the UK so far. The rare public appearance from Yorke was attended by travellers both young and old coming from as far as Japan and America for the protest. Yorke chatted candidly to Radiohead fans before stepping up to the podium to deliver a brief speech.
As reported on NME he told the crowd: "Neil Kingsworth (of Yorkshire CND) has given me stuff to read about this that’s kept me (sleepless) at night. How dare Tony Blair sign us up to "Star Wars" without even giving it a really serious thought…without even consulting us? It’s sickening. It’s important that people like us can get off our backsides and come to these events. We need to make it clear that we will not let America govern the world we live in. Let’s make this a good, positive day."
The "Star Wars" protest centers around Tony Blair’s support for the Star Wars missile defense system which George Bush is set to launch this autumn. The planned multi-billion dollar system is intended to shoot ballistic missiles out of the air before they reach their target, therefore protecting the West from potential attack. CND and its supporters claim that missile defence is an offensive rather than defensive system and will only serve to heighten global insecurity.
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