On 24 March 2014, CPTer Maarten van der Werf, along with Cocky
de Graaf and Jet Visser, who had participated in CPT delegations to Palestine,
were part of an effort by Dutch peace organizations and the Amsterdam Catholic
Worker to hand-deliver a message to world leaders attending the nuclear summit
at The Hague. The message,
according to van der Werf, was essentially this: â€śThe commitment to nuclear
disarmament is a better way to achieve nuclear security than enhancing the
protection of present nuclear installations.â€ťâ€¦ Van der Werf wrote later of the
We were arrested after diverting
from the compulsory path to a field where we were allowed to demonstrate. We, however, were not demonstrating, we
were going to hand deliver a letter to the world leaders! After 150 meters, we were met by an
overpowering crowd of regular police and military police. An estimated sixty participants were
arrested. We received fines or
[orders to appear in court.]
I sat the full six hours [the
maximum allowed] in a cell of one by two meters without any windows or outside
light coming in. It was an
experience of complete loss of control over my situation. It was very boring as well, so [it was
a good time to reflect and I had some of the following thoughts]:
Our experience and the topic of the
summit are all about security. Security
and overreaction have to do with fear.
We were mostly people over sixty who
also participated in the actions against cruise missiles beginning in the 1980s. B-61 bombs are still here and will be
modernized (the nuclear part as well as new tailpieces to make them GPS guided
bombs). Business for Boeing!
The summit was about terrorists.
Can we trust ourselves with a nuclear arsenal? Are we sure we are not going to use it? If we decide not to use them,
threatening is without substance, and we had better make them into bicycles.