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Faslane blockade

Issue No. 1787

Despite high winds and driving rain, around 500 people joined a lively demonstration outside Faslane nuclear submarine base last Monday. The blockade kicked off the three-day 'Block 'n' Roll' of the Faslane base in Scotland, organised by CND and Trident Ploughshares.

Peace campaigners, socialists, greens and anarchists joined the blockade. There were delegations from across Europe, including 35 young activists from Sweden-half of their group was arrested. Despite the presence of hundreds of police the demonstration was peaceful. The arrested were made up of all ages and backgrounds.

Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan again showed his commitment to the campaign for nuclear disarmament by getting arrested. John Swinney, leader of the Scottish National Party, was also on the demonstration.

Anti-nuclear campaigners have been shocked at the rising cost of fitting out the Devenport dockyard in Plymouth for refuelling nuclear submarines. It has risen by more than £200 million over the last four years.

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Sat 16 Feb 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1787
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