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Issue No. 1761

OVER 100 people marched to the Devonport Trident dockyard in Plymouth last Saturday and held a rally outside the main gates.

On the anniversary week of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, protesters called for the removal of the nuclear threat from the centre of a city of 270,000 people, and for the Trident base to be shut down.

The demonstration was called by the Socialist Alliance. Specialist anti-riot police advisers from Essex were drafted in to coordinate with the armed security presence. The protest meant the dockyard was sealed off and shut for the day.

At the rally a CND speaker who had researched the effects of Hiroshima spoke of the suffering of generations following the nuclear fallout. Ian Avent from local campaign group CANSAR explained the plans for four nuclear waste dumps in the city and the transfer of Trident warheads to the dockyard. Banners from Plymouth Trades Union Council and the UNISON union proved the growing support for the campaign.

UNISON's conference in June supported the campaign to stop nuclear waste at Plymouth. DML, which owns the dockyard, is a subsidiary of Brown & Root, a US multinational that expects to make £1 billion profit from the Trident base in the next decade.
Tony Staunton, Plymouth

TRIDENT Ploughshares activists forced a nuclear warhead cargo ship to change course last week when they blocked a channel leading to the Coulport nuclear armaments depot. Six swimmers and three activists in canoes spread across Loch Long, west of Glasgow, as the massive vessel left the base after dropping off its nuclear cargo. The warheads are destined for Trident submarines.

A campaign spokesperson said, 'We were out in the water because we cannot allow such a machine, which is ready to kill and horribly maim millions of people, to sail as if it were an everyday event.'

The action was part of a 14-day disarmament camp at the West of Scotland nuclear submarine base. There had been 32 arrests by last weekend.

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Sat 11 Aug 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1761
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