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From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 589, Friday 25th May 2007
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 20:35:15 +0100

Vintage Scotch

Faslane 365 update - 740 arrests, 29 prosecutions

Anti-nulclear do-gooders are still making a nuisance of themselves as part of the Faslane 365 campaign (See SchNEWS 581) which is still firing on all cylinders. So far, ninety different blockading groups - including academics, clergy, artists and writers, health professionals, Quakers, clowns and some 'normal' people too (!) - have spent 116 days at the Trident submarine base, resulting in a disruptive presence on more than half of the entire 235 days since the campaign began.

So far, this has resulted in 740 arrests and 29 prosections, for all you stat-lovers out there. Next week is the turn of Protest in Harmony, Edinburgh's crack political choir, to let the warmongers know they're out of tune with the rest of us when it comes down to peace and stability in the world. The 2nd - 4th will echo with the sounds of singers from all over the UK as they converge on the base for the most harmonious noise demo ever heard. The 2nd will see workshops, legal briefings and rehersals in Glasgow, with actions at the Faslane gates planned for the 3rd and 4th.

Meanwhile earlier this week the base was nearly brought to it's knees in an onslaught of cartoon dogs, crayons and the Muppets (no, we weren't there), as the Families' Blockade came to town. There was no villain to unmask, but the criminals on the other side of the fence must have known their time was up when Scooby Doo (Well, Bengie - aged 3 and 1/2 appeared with a banner reading "You would have got away with it if wasn't for those pesky kids!" Even famous diva and frog fancier Miss Piggy got in on the act, saying, "Even the Muppets wouldn't have spent £76 million on Trident. Someone like Moi would have spent it fighting climate change." From the mouths of babes...


UPDATE - 4 JUNE 2007

From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 590, Friday 1st June 2007
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 18:04:48 +0100

Nine people from five countries found themselves nicked on Tuesday (May 29th) at Faslane Naval Nuclear Base. They'd been taking part in the 'Footprints for Peace Interfaith Peace Walk' after walking to the Scottish base from Dublin via Coulport nuclear weapons depot. Cops moved in after they blocked the entrance to the base, an action that is part of the ongoing year long Faslane365 blockades.

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