Nuclear weapons protest at Faslane leads to 47 arrests
Monday, April 15, 2013
250 protesters gathered today at the Scotland to call for the UK's nuclear weapons programme to be scrapped. A number of protestors chained themselves to the gates of the base and were cut free by officers. Around 47 people were arrested including the Chas Booth.base in
The protest was organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition, which is campaigning to persuade theto scrap the . The Scrap Trident Coalition claims that the estimated 100 billion ( 152.8 billion) to be spent over the next 50 years should be diverted to fund what the coalition defines as human needs including welfare, pensions, disability benefits, and green jobs. The protest was attended by a number of different organisations including MSP , and the Chair of the UK Dave Webb, as well as activists from the .
This follows a demonstration by around 2000 people on Saturday at Glasgow, and comes during three days of protests organised by Scrap Trident in Scotland. The action is also associated with as many as 100 other protests around the world as part of a "Global Day of Action on Military Spending".in
Faslane in Scotland is the home ofwhich provides support to the fleet of which carry the nuclear missile system. The UK Government is due to make a decision on the renewal of the in 2016.
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