Activists walk into Faslane!

IssueSeptember 2009

On 17 August, five citizen inspectors from Trident Ploughshares entered Britain’s most important military site, the nuclear submarine base at Faslane, north of Glasgow, by walking in through the main gate.

Sylvia Boyes, Mary Millington, Brian Larkin, Penny Stone, and Angie Zelter reminded the Faslane workers of the commitment by the UK government, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, to nuclear disarmament. They warned that the failure of the Scottish government to take any action to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons meant that members of Trident Ploughshares would continue with whatever nonviolent action possible to begin the process of disarmament.

All five were released at around 9pm the same day, charged with criminal trespass under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 s128, and under MoD byelaws (covering entry to the base without authority). The five were taking part in the Trident Ploughshares disarmament camp at Coulport, near Faslane.

Topics: Nuclear weapons
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