WUERZBURG, West Germany -- Protesters blocked entrances to American and Canadian NATO bases Saturday and staged demonstrations in four cities against plans to station U.S.-made cruise and Pershing-2 missiles in West Germany.
In Wuerzburg, protesters staged a sit-down strike in front of the headquarters of the 3rd U.S. Infantry barracks while 1,000 demonstrators marched downtown, police said.
Police said 500 protesters demonstrated in southern West Germany outside the Canadian NATO air base at Lahr. In nearby Karlsruhe, protesters called for an 'nuclear free zone' in the area.
Police said similar demonstrations took place in Hamburg and Dortmund.
Organizers said they planned to continue their protests Sunday by 'peacefully blockading' 20 nuclear missiles sites in West Germany to protest the NATO decision made three years ago Sunday to station a new generation of American-made missiles in Europe.
NATO decided in 1979 to move ahead with the deployment of 572 cruise and Pershing-2 missiles, while at the same time negotiating with the Soviet Union to reduce nuclear arms in Europe.
Some NATO nations, including West Germany, have tied their final decision on the missile deployment to the success of the Geneva disarmament talks.
But a peace movement spokesman said there was 'no longer any hope within the movement that current arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union will be successful. We are convinced NATO will station cruise and Pershings in West Germany.'
Members of West Germany's growing peace movement have vowed to wage a campaign of civil disobedience if the government agrees to deploy the new missiles.