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 Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Trident Ploughshares Faslane G8 Action PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 December 2004

Why here, why now?

The rich countries of the world depend on their overwhelming military might to defend and extend the globalisation that allows them to exploit and oppress the poor. Nuclear weapons are the ultimate expression of the militarisation that makes economic globalisation possible.

Britains nuclear weapons - the four Trident nuclear weapon submarines based at Faslane on the west coast of Scotland - have a destructive power 1000 times greater than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. They are used, every day, to threaten the rest of the world, and to defend Britain's "vital economic interests" like oil supplies and shipping lanes. Trident benefits the big multinational corporations who see their investments protected around the world, and also the weapons companies who benefit from big arms contracts.

The British government, and other nuclear weapon states, spend billions every year on nuclear weapons - money that could be better spent on health, education and vital public services.

Come to Faslane for the non-violent direct action on 4th July 2005 and show the G8 leaders that another, nuclear free, world is possible!


The G8 is an annual meeting of the eight most powerful countries in the world (US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan and Russia). The 2005 summit will be held in Gleneagles, Scotland from 6-8th July

This proposal is coming initially from Trident Ploughshares and Scottish CND. We intend to organise an action along these lines but the organising group may be expanded to include other anti-militarist organisations.

The Action

We intend to disrupt the work at Faslane as much as possible, primarily by blockading the entrances during the morning shift change. We also hope that people will try to enter the base, whether by cutting or climbing the fence or by swimming in. More information on how to do this safely and effectively will be available nearer the time.

As a campaign, we are committed to confronting the ultimate violence of nuclear weapons non-violently. We would ask that everyone coming to this action respects and follows a set of guidelines reflecting this. Previous blockades have been based upon the following guidelines. Those used for this action will be very similar and the final version will be published here shortly.

* We are committed to always act in a way that causes no harm to ourselves or others. * Our attitude will be one of sincerity and respect towards the people we encounter. * We will not engage in physical violence or verbal abuse toward any individual. * We will carry no weapons. * We will not bring or use alcohol or drugs other than for medical purposes. * We will clear the blockade to allow emergency vehicles in or out of the base and then resume the blockade afterwards.

This action is still in the early stages of planning. If you would like to know more, to be kept informed of developments or to help make it happen then please do get in touch.

For further information and contact details please visit http://www.tridentploughshares.org/g8/index.php
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