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Is trident even legal?

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Issue 1741

Is trident even legal?

THREE law lords in Scotland were to rule on Friday of this week whether the Trident nuclear weapons system is legal or not. The law lords were to deliver their ruling in the High Court in Edinburgh at 10am. They were also considering what rights citizens have to break the law in order to prevent the state from committing war crimes. The High Court ruling follows the acquittal in 1999 of three women accused of causing 80,000 of criminal damage to a Trident support boat.

It may take some time to fully digest the lengthy ruling, and campaigners were not expecting a simple judgement. Trident Ploughshares and Scottish CND were calling on people to support an all night candlelit vigil outside the High Court from 5pm on Thursday. They are asking for everyone who can to attend the court on Friday morning. On Saturday 7 April there will be also be further protests at the Faslane Trident base.

Protesters will be there to celebrate if Trident has been ruled illegal, and to continue the protests if the law lords let Trident off on a technicality.

  • Protest against Trident, Saturday 7 April. Assemble Faslane north gate from 11am. Phone Scottish CND on 0141 423 1222, or Trident Ploughshares on 01324 880 744 for more details.
  • For transport to Faslane from Edinburgh on 7 April phone 0131 554 9209.
  • CND IS also planning to protest against the US government’s National Missile Defence (NMD) plan.

Demonstrators will gather outside Downing Street to demand that Tony Blair says no to any US government request to use the Fylingdales early warning radar base in north Yorkshire as part of NMD.

Bring banners, whistles and musical instruments to make sure Blair hears!

  • Say no to Star Wars. Saturday 14 April, 12 noon, Downing Street, London. 
  • Phone 020 7700 4524 for more details.

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