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From: Jo Makepeace (
Subject: SchNEWS 636, Friday 20th June 2008
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 23:05:45 +0100

5 Trident Ploughshares activists arrested at Faslane nuclear submarine base


Yesterday (Thursday) five activists from Trident Ploughshares locked on to the gates of Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland.

Reminiscent of last year's Faslane365 rolling blockade (See SchNEWS 604 and work backwards), they were there to mark a year since, as one of the activists said, "the Scottish government voted NOT to support Gordon Brown's plan to foist illegal, immoral and unaffordable nuclear weapons on Scotland for another 50 years. Along with the majority of people in Scotland, we don't want them here or anywhere else." After blocking the entrance for an hour and a half, all five were eventually removed and arrested for Breach of the Warmongers (er, we mean Peace).

As one of the arrestees put it, "By using our hands and our bodies in this way, without causing harm to others, we hope that we can make it easy to see how it is the simple actions of ordinary people that are needed to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction."

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