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Nobel Peace Laureate Arrested at Faslane, Scotland

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Saturday December 09, 2006 16:31author by Make Trident History (Ireland)author email ireland at faslane365 dot org Report this post to the editors

Five people, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Mark Chapman, Philip Mangold, Ann Patterson and Miriam Turley were arrested by Strathclyde police outside the UK trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane , Scotland on Saturday 9 December at 12 noon. Mairead Maguire is a Nobel Peace Laureate and honorary President of the Peace People . The five were part of a larger group called that had come from Ireland as part of the Faslane 365 campaign to protest against nuclear weapons of mass destruction at the Base. The blockade lasted about 40 minutes while the traffic was slowed down to a single lane. The other members of the group sang songs and shouted words of encouragement while the five were being arrested.

The group was seen off at a rally at Belfast City Hall by well-wishers , including the Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor, Donal McKeown. The five arrested are being held overnight at Clydebank Police Station in Glasgow.

Photos available on www.faslane365.org

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author by Faslane 365publication date Sat Dec 09, 2006 19:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

More photos available on www.faslane365.org/ireland/ireland_photo_gallery

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Ann Patterson, Miriam Turley
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Ann Patterson, Miriam Turley

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author by radical jonnypublication date Sun Dec 10, 2006 08:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm reminded of an episode of Yes Prime Minister where Sir Humphrey reminds Bernard that "you do not open up a national debate until the government has privately made up its mind".

BBC commented that a big supporter of the new Trident is the unions representing the workers who are going to be building the new subs. Any workers in the shipyards prepared to strike rather than build them?

Solidarity from Belfast for the Faslane protests!

author by Tim Houriganpublication date Mon Dec 11, 2006 00:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hello especially to Miriam and Mairead.
Greetings from Limerick peaceniks.

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Mon Dec 11, 2006 20:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The five arrestees were held over Saturday night in Strathclyde Police Station, and released on Sunday afternoon. They will be informed by mail whether or what charges may be preferred against them. They are part of the "Make Trident History" Group from Ireland
All returned home on a stormy sailing late on Sunday night.

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Mon Dec 11, 2006 20:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The term "Nuclear bomb" conjures up images of terror but the name "Trident" leaves people unmoved. It's time to change this. Trident represents a far greater terror for the human race than a "mere" nuclear bomb. As the crow flies. Faslane, the den of Trident, is nearer to any corner of Ireland, north, south, east or west, than it is to London.

The following facts about Trident are based on an article in the Helensburgh Advertiser , December 7, 2006:

The Trident "nuclear deterrent" began service in 1994, shortly after it was chosen as a replacement for the Polaris missiles. Trident has a 30 year life span that is due to end in 2024.

All four of the UK's nuclear-powered Vanguard submarines are based at Faslane. Each is 150 metres long - more than twice as long as a Boeing747, 12.8 metres wide and twelve metres tall. Each usually has a crew of 14 officers and 121 enlisted persons.

Each submarine carries 16 US-built Trident ballistic missiles, which have a range of up to 8000 miles and are accurate to within a few feet. The thirteen metre long missiles, which cost about £15 million each, can carry up to twelve nuclear warheads.

Each warhead is eight times stronger then the atom bomb that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945, killing an estimated 100,000 people. Two hundred warheads are stored at Faslane and Coulport.

At least one Vanguard submarine is always on station somewhere in the Atlantic or Arctic, ready to receive launch codes from Prime Minister Tony Blair in the event of a world crisis. During the Cold war, missiles were programmed to hit certain targets like Moscow. It is claimed that today, trident missiles no longer target any country or location.

The British Government claims that having a nuclear arsenal such as the current Trident system protects the UK by acting as a warning or deterrent "to other countries such as Iran or North Korea who want to develop their own long range ballistic missiles". It is also claimed to "have an impact on terrorists"

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Tue Dec 12, 2006 15:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

After the Irish blockade of Faslane, came the Trident Ploughshares blockade. At 7 a.m. on Monday a group of cyclists blocked the North Gate. They formed a chain and then locked on to each other using chains and padlocks. Soon afterwards, another group blockaded the gateway by lying in the road, joined to each other through tubing of plastic and other materials. There were 14 arrests.

Related Link: http://www.faslane365.org/trident_ploughshares
author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Tue Dec 12, 2006 22:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It was cold but not yet too wet as the group formed. There was snow on the hills behind.

Some of the 19 of our group getting ready Saturday morning
Some of the 19 of our group getting ready Saturday morning

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 16:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This pic was taken around 11p.m. on 8 December outside the entrance to Faslane camp. Inside there was heat and a meal.

It was warming to see the welcome in the dark
It was warming to see the welcome in the dark

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 17:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Angie Zelter is the person who started the Faslane 365 Project to blockade the Trident nuclear base all year round.

 Felicity, Angie Zelter and Sister Lelia
Felicity, Angie Zelter and Sister Lelia

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 17:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Let everyone know that there are weapons of mass destruction in Faslane and that's what we are protesting

Stop the nuclear madness
Stop the nuclear madness

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 17:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Some volunteers stay at the camp for long periods. Angie and Monica (not in picture) bear the main load of the work.

It's a hard slog for the workers in the camp to be ready for all new groups and lend a hand
It's a hard slog for the workers in the camp to be ready for all new groups and lend a hand

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 17:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Making a mark between the showers

"Make Trident History2 was also the name of the Irish group
"Make Trident History2 was also the name of the Irish group

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 18:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Make Scotland Nuclear Free - Decommission Trident" (Felicity) and "Trident is a Waste of Space" (Beth)

Saying it with emphasis
Saying it with emphasis

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 18:21author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Rob Fairmichael's foresight in bringing this umbrella was much appreciated throughout the weekend as he was most generous in sharing and even relinquishing it.

The idea of a "protest umbrella" is a great one for climates such as Scotland's or Ireland's

The police
The police

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 18:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Wondering where they had been all morning, now there was no doubt that they were still with us.

Taken by surprise, some police run up the road to "saw apart" and arrest the five
Taken by surprise, some police run up the road to "saw apart" and arrest the five

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 20:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The police in for the long haul as they begin to saw the five apart to the sound of music

 - and they start the preliminaries for the arrest
- and they start the preliminaries for the arrest

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 21:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Slow work, protestors continue to show patience. Picture shows Miriam, Ann, Mairead and Mark

One down, four to go?
One down, four to go?

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Sat Dec 16, 2006 21:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Soon to be arrested

Philip lying patiently
Philip lying patiently

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Tue Dec 19, 2006 01:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Leicester and Lucia blockades

The Lucia group from Sweden and the Leicester group have also blockaded Faslane in the past week. The Swedish group celebrated the national holiday of Saint Lucia at Faslane and then blockaded. There were 71 in the Leicester group including 94 year old Alice Beer and 30 were arrested. See reports: Luciataget and Leicester

There are vacant spaces for the new year in the blockade that is meant to last till the end of September. Contact: info@faslane365.org

author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Tue Dec 19, 2006 01:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Under the heading "Sign of the Times" there is a picture with a caption. The caption should read: "The Police vans are lurking at the side"

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