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Date: 22 Apr 1999 12:17:41 -0000
Subject: [act-locally] Trident convoy on the move - and being stopped

Trident convoy - starting and stopping

Seven Scottish Trident Ploughshares activists were arrested this morning (22 April) after blockading the north gate of Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde, where the UK's Trident nuclear weapons submarines are based. At 7.45 a.m. they attached themselves to a steel wire which they slung across the gateway and displayed a banner and placards reading: "Trident = Genocide". It took MOD police more than half an hour to remove them, while the queue of base workers' cars tailed back for quite a distance. Include in this traffic was the escort vehicles for the nuclear warhead convoy, currently in Coulport. No doubt this activity has delayed their departure.

The convoy is now on its way to Albemarle (near Newcastle upon Tyne) for the night. You might have thought that the authorities would take the safety of these vehicles very seriously. But the only reason that the Northumberland fire brigade get to know the convoy is coming is because they are part-time, and might be at home watching telly! The local Emergency Planning Officers at your local council usually don't know about the convoys. Ring up and ask!?

4 protesters were arrested on Monday as they held up a Trident nuclear warhead convoy in Balloch on Loch Lomondside. The RAF convoy, including three warhead carriers, had travelled from AWE Burghfield where Trident warheads are assembled. It had been tracked all the way from Gretna to Balloch where the protesters were waiting. The convoy was halted for about 20 minutes by people standing in the road whilst others held banners. About fifty local people witnessed the demonstration.

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