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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 13:38:13 GMT
From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 293, Friday 16th February, 2001

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report on Faslane demo of 12th February 2001

Over 1000 peace and anti-nuclear campaigner took part in a demonstration against Faslane Trident Submarine Base in Scotland on Monday. 'The Big Blockade', a major event in the peace movement calendar, attracted people from all over the world. Faslane is home to the four-strong fleet of Trident nuclear submarines, which activists claim are in breach of international law due to their inability to distinguish between civilians and soldiers.

Arriving at 7am, the campaigners linked arms and formed a chain designed to prevent workers from entering the base. Scottish ministers performed a service of worship. As at previous Faslane blockades, arrests were high.

Police moved in, breaking up the chain and arresting around 385; Green MEP Caroline Lucas, Tommy Sheriden MSP and George Galloway MP were amongst the arrested. "The fact that parliamentarians, ministers of religion, a senior lawyer and a prominent author are among those arrested shows that this campaign is not restricted to a few activists but is beginning to engage civic society," said a spokesperson for Trident Ploughshares, one of the groups co-ordinating the event.

Trident Ploughshares 2000: 01324 880744

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