Blockade at Nuclear Weapon Base in Scotland

Dec 17 2003

A surprise festive blockade by peace activists is preventing workers getting into Faslane naval base in Scotland, leading to long tailbacks of traffic.

The blockade began this morning at 7 a.m. as 7 activists, from Trident Ploughshares’ ‘Local heroes’ affinity group, lay down in the entrance to the north gate of the base and attempted to lock on to each other by linking their arms through tubes and pipes which had been disguised as outsize festive crackers. A banner gives the message ‘peace is not just for Christmas’.

Protesters from Faslane Peace Camp blockaded the south gate.

Those attempting to lock-on at the north gate are: and Andrew Lewis from Glasgow; and Jane Tallents from Helensburgh: Morag Balfour, Jim Balfour, Jean Oliver, Dave from Glenrothes: and David Mackenzie from Tillicoultry.

The blockade is a part of the Trident Ploughshares ‘Non-stop Nuke-stop’ campaign, which aims to cause significant disruption at least once every month at the base, which is home to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapon submarines.

A spokesperson said: ‘It has worked a treat. This is not a normal workplace carrying out legitimate work. Its business is the deployment of weapons of mass murder. We are delighted to have been able to put even a small spoke in the wheel of Trident.’

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Contacts: Jane Tallents 08454588367
David Mackenzie 0870 458 3117 (07876593016)

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