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Cut bombs not beds, say Trident protesters

by Henry Maitles
Issue No. 2349

thousands of people rallied in Glasgow’s George Square

Thousands of people rallied in Glasgow’s George Square (Pic: Duncan Brown)


More than 3,000 people marched through Glasgow on Saturday of last week. They called on the government to get rid of nuclear weapons instead of replacing its Trident missile system.

The march was called by the Scrap Trident Coalition. MSPs, STUC, other trade unions, NUS Scotland, Scottish CND and anti-poverty and welfare organisers and campaigners backed it.

The mood was angry, with many speakers comparing the billions wasted on Trident to the billions cut from welfare.

Scottish National Party MSP Sandra White called it “absolutely disgraceful”. Marion Nisbet spoke from the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation. 

It was not just the cost of Trident that the demo opposed but the whole nature of these weapons of mass destruction.

The mood was that a “Yes” vote in the independence referendum would end Trident on the Clyde—and would inspire people to stop the weapons being transferred to other parts of Britain.

Dave Moxham, deputy general secretary of the STUC, argued that nuclear weapons workers’ skills can and should be used to produce what people need and want. 


Protesters blockade Faslane

Four coaches of demonstrators descended to blockade the Faslane naval base on the Clyde where Trident nuclear missiles are based last Monday.

The Scrap Trident Coalition called the blockade as part of an international day of action. 

Protesters, including pensioners and children, took the road and blocked the gates. Police made more than 40 arrests.


March against drones

CND, the Stop the War Coalition and others have called a march on Britain’s drone control centre near Lincoln on Saturday of next week.

Details at bit.ly/Yy82iC

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Tue 16 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2349
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