On July 3rd 1924 a young man was beaten up in the Bulgarian
village of Bujinci-Vasil. His ‘crime’ was that of refusing to be
This was in contravention of the provisions of the peace
treaty which came in to effect at the end of world war one.
The reporter upon this incident had no idea upon what had
subsequently happened to the young man.
Thus we have the 1st of a number of reports upon the pacifist
movement in Bulgaria which were published in the various
newsletters of War Resisters International ( WRI ).
In September 1924 it was reported that a group of Bulgarian
Tolstoyans had formed a new section of WRI.
At the same time it was reported that their situation had
become much more difficult. Continue reading Some Notes Upon Pacifist Activities in Bulgaria During the 1920s & 1930s.
On November 3rd it will be exactly 40 years since I first
become involved in the peace movement.
I remember this exact date as I was on a sitdown outside of a
company which made military plane equipment that was
being used in Vietnam.
It was my 19th birthday when I joined a demonstration
outside of a company called Elliott Automation.
Elliott Automation made navigation equipment which was
used upon American Military Aircraft in Vietnam.
I knew no one upon the demonstration, but felt that it was
important to show my opposition to the war
What happened on the demonstration,
& information upon Elliott Automation,
appeared within Peace News: –
November 1st & 8th 1968.
If you look very carefully:
you can see me in a photo of the demonstration that was
published within Peace News.
The first copy of Peace News I ever purchased was sold to
me by a street seller outside of Holborn Tube station.
It was dated November 8th 1968.
While upon the demonstration I picked up a leaflet about
the Peace Pledge Union ( PPU ).
I joined the PPU,
started to read Peace News,
and the rest is history.
During the Nazi occupation of Norway there was a Nonviolent boycott of all official sports events.
So when the Occupying powers organised games events in Oslo, all the viewing stands were empty.
Just look at any photos of these events, & you will see just how effective these boycotts became.
I mention this as my contribution as to what might be done about the Olympic games in China later on this year.