The Faslane naval base, home of the UK’s nuclear weapons and a regular site of protest and nonviolent direct action, saw demonstrations on 3 April as part of a European day of action against nuclear weapons (see p3).
With the impending general election, the opportunity arose to keep the issue of Trident in the spotlight.
The symbolic blockade at North Gate was followed on 6 April by a more direct action approach by Trident Ploughshares, who blockaded the base with lock-ons, cutting down the “Faslane nuclear depot” sign and spray-painting their opposition to militarism.
The Trident Ploughshares press release talked about the “need to send a more serious message” about the weapons of mass destruction based there.
With a zombie theme, plans include a die-in, a naming of the dead, a workshop on depleted uranium and a number of film showings over the weekend of 1-2 May, organised by the long-established Faslane peace camp.