OVER 70 protesters staged sit-downs outside the gates of the nuclear dockyard in Plymouth last Saturday. The demonstrations followed news reports that HMS Tireless, a nuclear submarine based at Plymouth, was damaged after colliding with an iceberg. More than ten 'T' class submarines are based in Plymouth, all having the same design fault.
'It is like having ten leaking nuclear reactors in the middle of a city of 250,000 people,' explained Pete Le Mare from the CND national committee. This is the latest of a series of protests against the privatised nuclear base, owned by Kellogg, Brown & Root.
This is a subsidiary of US transnational Halliburton. Brown & Root won a contract to service the Vanguard class submarines, which carry Trident multiple warhead nuclear weapons and were recently deployed during the invasion of Iraq.
The demonstration included trade union support from Unison, CWU, Plymouth Trades Council and students from Plymouth University.
A PUBLIC campaign to defend the right to protest was launched following the arrest and charges brought against Tony Staunton and Pete Heddle during an earlier demonstration in Plymouth against the war.
The two are now facing serious charges under the Public Order Act that carry prison sentences. The trial is set for 23 June and a protest rally is planned outside Plymouth Magistrates' Court.
Send messages of support c/o Unison, 190 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LD or fax 01752 661 108.