Protesters held over `shrine'.
Around 30 activists began staging the peaceful protest outside the Ministry of Defence's Joint Support Unit in Northwood, Hertfordshire, early yesterday morning.
The eight were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, said a Hertfordshire Police spokeswoman said.
Protesters daubed the Northwood HQ sign outside the base with fake blood and scattered pictures of Afghan children on the ground, according to organisers.
Afterwards they knelt before the sign in a prayer for those who had died in the war in Afghanistan.
Richard Byrne, who helped co-ordinate the action, said: ``We have transformed this military sign into a shrine for the dead -- the past, present and future victims of the state terror that flows from this military base.
``We remember the 500,000 children killed by sanctions on Iraq and the innocents slaughtered in Afghanistan by indiscriminate high-tech bombs over the last two months.
``We pray for people throughout the Third World who find themselves in the sights of the Bush and Blair administrations.''