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Come to court and offer support — UPDATED

September 23, 2013

Tomorrow (Tuesday 24th September) will see anti-nuclear activists Sylvia Boyes and Mary Millington appear in Dumbarton Sheriff Court on charges of ‘malicious mischief’ following an action on February 4th this year.

The two entered Faslane at 3am through the old fence at the south of the base, hanging a banner reading “Disarmament: If not now, when?” They were in the process of leaving a more permanent reminder of their visit, by painting “SCRAP TRIDENT” on a wall at the facility, when interrupted by the police. Arresting officers were treated to a spontaneous performance of three songs from the peace movement oeuvre whilst undertaking their duties.

All are invited to visit the Court tomorrow to show support and solidarity. Mary and Sylvia’s case should be heard at some point during the day, from 10am onwards.

Update: Mary and Sylvia presented well in court, giving an outline of the motivation for their actions and reiterating the illegality of Britain’s nuclear weapons. As the evidence against them wasn’t challenged, the sheriff found both guilty, but having been given the context chose to admonish them. It was a good day for all, excepting the prosecuting authorities.

Footnote: Although the Procurator Fiscal’s office tried to paint this as a serious matter of damage to government property for which SOMEONE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, a visit to the scene shows that, seven months later, the authorities haven’t bothered to repair the hole in the fence.



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