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On 2 November, six British peace activists were tear-gassed after entering a prohibited military area where a NATO military exercise was taking place.

‘Trident Juncture 2015’ was the biggest NATO military exercise for a decade, with more than 36,000 troops and personnel from all 28 NATO members, plus partner countries Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Sweden and Ukraine.

The exercise, which took place in Spain, Italy and Portugal, simulated NATO intervention in Africa, and included two B-52 bombers and seven C-17 troop transport aircraft flying directly from the USA.

‘No war, no NATO’ protests included a 2,000-strong march in the city of Marsala, and a blockade of tanks at the port of Sagunto.