Taking their protest against small arms trade to the streets, 32 young IPPNW activists from all over the world will cycle from the German arms manufacturer Walther in Ulm to the small Black Forest town of Villingen, where IPPNW is organizing the Small Arms Congress “Human Target”. From 26th May until 30th May, the bikers will meet politicians, organize public demonstrations, give interviews and spread information on the impact of the Global Arms trade in the region.
We will start in the small Ulm, a city on the Danube, famous for it’s Gothic minster and as the birthplace of Albert Einstein. But Ulm is also the headquarter for one of the biggest German arms manufacturers, Walther arms.
With a distance of about 200km, we will take the beautiful bike tour along the Danube (Donau) river, passing through the Black Forest all the way to Villingen, where the conference will take place.
The tour is being organised by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, or IPPNW for short. While IPPNW was founded in 1980 with the goal to free the world from nuclear weapons, it has since grown to encompass a large-scale international campaign on the issue of small arms violence and trade. This year, IPPNW is organizing a South-North conference called ‘Human Target: International Congress on the Social and Health Effects of the Global Arms Trade’. In order to get our story out to the people, 32 medical students, doctors and activists will be cycling to the conference!
This Blog will give all of you the opportunity to accompany us on our journey. So bookmark this site, post or share it and follow our adventures next week…