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FINAL PRESS RELEASE: Anti-nuclear lock-on action closes HMNB Clyde South Gate: five arrests, police blocking legal observers and photographers

February 2, 2017

FINAL PRESS RELEASE 09.20 2th of February:

Anti-nuclear lock-on action closes HMNB Clyde South Gate: five arrests, police blocking legal observers and photographers

Starting at 06.30 AM today 5 anti-nuclear activists blocked the morning traffic at the south gate of HMNB Clyde in Faslane. The activists locked-on to one another using arm tubes and formed a blockade on the road leading to the gates. The MoD police cutting team arrived at the scene at 07:00 AM, while MoD officers blocked legal observers’ access from the activists. The morning traffic was directed to the North Gate of the naval base. At 07.30 AM, at the time of the first arrest, the tailback of the traffic stretched from the North Gate beyond Shandon, a distance of over two miles.

By 09.20 AM all 5 anti-nuclear activists were arrested and transported from the scene. The South Gate, one of two main staff entrances to the base, was closed for approximately two and a half hours. The action was conducted by activists from the nearby Faslane Peace Camp.

“The struggle against nuclear weapons has been going on for decades, both in UK and internationally. Due to arms-control treaties and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. alone has reduced its stockpile of nuclear weapons from 31,000 to about 4,800 during the last few decades. Judging by tones of political leaders, Downing Street staff included, it instead seems we are facing the danger of heading towards a new arms race. We all should be working for a nuclear-free world instead of developing new nuclear technology. Renewing Trident would be a step in the very wrong direction”, says activist Molly Garfield, participating the action.

The action is a second protest to take place within a short time. Both sparked by the revelation of the Royal Navy misfiring of a Trident II D5 ballistic missile from the HMS Vengeance last June and questions surrounding the cover-up of the test results. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly dodged the questions concerning her actions around the Trident issue. Instead, Mrs. May has stated “I think we should defend our country, I think we should play our role in NATO with an independent nuclear deterrent”, when pressed on her knowledge of the failed test.

“It is baffling how the Conservatives are not being held to account over their blatant disregard for transparency and public interest. While there’s a conceivable argument surrounding national security, the fact that this information was held from elected representatives immediately prior to a crucial vote can’t be tolerated and certainly shouldn’t be ignored”, Roxy Newton, another activist, stated.

With their action, the activists also expressed their solidarity to the five anti-Trident protesters who barred the entrance to Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire on June 2016. The activists from the Christian group Put Down the Sword/Trident Ploughshares were found guilty of wilful obstruction and were sentenced to a conditional discharge of six months. Trident mounted nuclear warheads are assembled in Burghfield.

“This is one struggle. On times when individuals taking their stand and expressing their political opinions can face getting ridiculed or patronised or told repeatedly how protests of any nature are futile, it is vitally important to refuse to go passive”, Newton emphasises.

The Faslane Peace Camp is a permanent protest camp dedicated to campaigning and protesting against nuclear weapons since 1982. The camp, located next to the HMNB Clyde, is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year.

For interviews and more photos contact:
faslanepeacecamp@protonmail.com
07376 188216

Photos for free use, photo credentials: Faslane Peace Camp archives:


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ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE 06:30 AM 2th of February 

This morning at 06.30 AM, 5 anti-nuclear activists once again blocked the morning traffic at the south gate of HMNB Clyde in Faslane. The activists have locked-on to one another using arm tubes and formed a blockade on the road leading to the gates, closing down the busy morning traffic. Action was conducted by activists from the nearby Faslane Peace Camp. At the time of writing, the activists are still locked on and there have been no arrests. The MOD police at the scene have restricted the access of legal observers.

The action was a second protest to take place within a short time. Both sparked by the revelation of the Royal Navy misfiring of a Trident II D5 ballistic missile from the HMS Vengeance last June and questions surrounding the cover-up of the test results. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly dodged the questions concerning her actions around the Trident issue. Instead, Mrs. May has stated “I think we should defend our country, I think we should play our role in NATO with an independent nuclear deterrent”, when pressed on her knowledge of the failed test. Activist Roxy Newton stated “It is baffling how the Conservatives are not being held to account over their blatant disregard for transparency and public interest. While there’s a conceivable argument surrounding national security, the fact that this information was held from elected representatives immediately prior to a crucial vote can’t be tolerated and certainly shouldn’t be ignored”

“The struggle against nuclear weapons has been going on for decades, both in UK and internationally. Due to arms-control treaties and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. alone has reduced its stockpile of nuclear weapons from 31,000 to about 4,800 during the last few decades. Judging by tones of political leaders, Downing Street staff included, it instead seems we are facing the danger of heading towards a new arms race. We all should be working for a nuclear-free world instead of developing new nuclear technology. Renewing Trident would be a step in the very wrong direction”, says activist Molly Garfield, participating the action.

Admiral Lord West, who led the Navy from 2002-2009 and later served as a security minister recently criticized the Trident misfiring to BBC. West described the decision not to admit the failed test was “extraordinary”, pointing how a firing goes wrong, you should that it’s gone wrong unless you think there’s something that means so fundamentally wrong that the whole system is no longer viable”.

With their action, the activists also expressed their solidarity to the five anti-Trident protesters who barred the entrance to Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire on June 2016. The activists from the Christian group Put Down the Sword/Trident Ploughshares were found guilty of wilful obstruction and were sentenced to a conditional discharge of six months. Trident mounted nuclear warheads are assembled in Burghfield.

“This is one struggle. On times when individuals taking their stand and expressing their political opinions can face getting ridiculed or patronised or told repeatedly how protests of any nature are futile, it is vitally important to refuse to go passive”, says XXX, another activist.

The Faslane Peace Camp is a permanent protest camp dedicated to campaigning and protesting against nuclear weapons since 1982. The camp, located next to the HMNB Clyde, is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year.

For interviews and photos contact:
faslanepeacecamp@protonmail.com
07376 188216

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7 Comments
  1. So glad to see you back on the blog, and not just facebook!
    Jack,
    for the Nuclear Resister
    http://www.nukeresister.org

  2. Reblogged this on yetanotherwyrdo and commented:
    Protesting the Nuclear Arms Industry.

  3. Well done all concerned. Great to see the action on the up. Been away for a week getting some time out before the week of action for the global ban on 10th – 17th so good to see all this has been going on. Great stuff peace camp, thank you!!

  4. heather permalink

    No there is no conceivable argument for national security that’s the point because the only thing that trident fosters is national insecurity and how are we secure nationally if there’s missiles being misfired and we don’t even know about them! Loving the posts and the actions though, we’ll be up for a week in April. X

  5. heather permalink

    Are there many rodents around at the moment cos a friends kid who’s not been on many sites wants to come with us? We were there last easter and I’m sad to say it was awash with large rodents then I was wondering what’s happened in the interim??

    • We are holding an open day event on 25th of February: naturally it’s a family event, and this might be a good moment to bring visitors new and old, of all ages, to pop by! 🙂 If that’s not a good timing for you guys, pop by any time; visitors are always welcome, and at the moment the furry creatures we have consist mostly of a pack of friendly dogs, in all sizes for everyone to hug.

      Sure, in the past the site has had its share of, should we say, lazy hippies to whom putting lids on things and keeping food only where it belongs to has proven itself surprisingly difficult! Thus, dealing with those uninvited rodents has taken its time and effort from everyone, residents and visitors. We’re glad to say that with basic kitchen hygiene, traps and active dogs the rodents do find it a lot more difficult to roam around freely anymore. 😉

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