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Build the demo stop Trident renewal

by Angela McCormick
Issue No. 2347

Trident missile

The weekend of action organised by the Scrap Trident coalition on 13-15 April will be a massive show of opposition to nuclear weapons on the Clyde. 

Members of the coalition took part in last Saturday’s axe the bedroom tax demonstration in Glasgow (see page 4).

 There is no austerity when it comes to weapons of mass destruction. 

The Tories tell us there is no money for welfare yet the cost of Trident replacement is likely to be £100 billion.

That’s £25 billion for submarines, £4-6 billion for warheads and infrastructure and £2 billion yearly running costs for up to 30 years. 

These billions could pay for 120,000 new nurses every year for 10 years or 60,000 new teachers for 20 years. 

The weekend of action has gathered support from across Scotland including the STUC, trade union branches, many MSPs and peace groups. 

A Scottish CND poll shows the strength of opposition to Trident replacement with 80 percent of people opposed. 

The Scottish parliament recently passed a motion stating “opposition of the Scottish parliament to nuclear weapons and to the presence of Trident in Scotland”. 

Our protests are calling on the government not to replace Trident and to ensure that in any future independent Scotland politicians are held to their word.

Scrap Trident: let Scotland lead the way to a nuclear free world, a weekend of protest and action 13-15 April. Glasgow demonstration Saturday 13 April. Blockade of Faslane subarine  base Monday 15 April. Go to scraptrident.org

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Fri 5 Apr 2013, 16:02 BST
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