German Armed Forces Recruiting Minors on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
'Child Soldiers' in the German Armed Forces
In repsonse to this massive campaigning by the Bundeswehr, activists from Baden-Württemberg initiated a campaign, No School for German Armed Forces - Learning for Peace (Schulfrei für die Bundeswehr - Lernen für den Frieden), which focuses on the military influence on schools in Baden-Württemberg. They take actions against the military presence at schools and campaign for military-free schools and education. As part of this aim they organised an action in front of the job fair last week on Red Hand Day.
The activists had a huge paper banner on which the young people could leave a hand mark with red finger paint, and circulated flyers with information about Red Hand Day and their campaign. Benno Malte Fuchs, an activist from the No School for German Armed Forces - Lerning for Peace campaign, told Antimili-Youth that they were not allowed in the school by the principal and performed their action outside, in front of the school.
Other Actions in Germany
Aside from the action in Bad Saulgau, peace activists from Kassel and Frankfurt also took actions and organise events on the same day. See more from their events here. Also see the German Alliance Against Child Soldiers (Deutsches Bündnis Kindersoldaten) and their campaign against the recruitment of under 18-year-olds in Germany here.