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Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp was a peace camp established to protest at nuclear weapons being sited at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. The camp began in September 1981 after a Welsh group called "Women for Life on Earth" arrived at Greenham to protest against the decision of the Government to allow cruise missiles to be based there.[1]

The camp became well known when on 1 April 1983, about 70,000 protesters formed a 14-mile human chain from Greenham to Aldermaston and the ordnance factory at Burghfield.[2][3] The women's peace camp attracted significant media attention and "prompted the creation of other peace camps at more than a dozen sites in Britain and elsewhere in Europe".[1]

On 29 September 1982 the women were evicted by Newbury District Council but set up a new camp near by within days.[4] On 4 April 1984, the women were again evicted from the Common; again by nightfall the women all returned to reform the camp.[5]

The last missiles left the camp in 1991 as a result of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, but the camp remained in place until 2000 after protestors won the right to house a memorial on the site.[6]

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  1. ^ a b David Cortright (2008). Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas, Cambridge University Press, p. 147.
  2. ^ "1983: Human chain links nuclear sites". British Broadcasting Corporation. 1983-04-01. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ Paul Brown, Shyama Perera and Martin Wainwright. Protest by CND stretches 14 miles The Guardian, 2 April 1983.
  4. ^ "Greenham Peace Camps Evicted". Red Rag. 1982-10-03. 
  5. ^ "1984: Greenham Common women evicted". British Broadcasting Corporation. 1984-04-04. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  6. ^ "19-year Greenham Common campaign to end". Guardian News and Media Limited. 2000-09-05.,3604,364669,00.html. 

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