When you read this, a group from Kingston Peace Council will have traveled to Faslane to take part in the ongoing blockade at the home of the British nuclear weapon. As this type of non-violent protest goes, blockading Faslane is a fairly easy action. The Scots are more anti-nuclear than the English (and even here the latest polls show a majority of the people do not want to own a new-improved nuclear weapon). The police are as non-violent as the protestors themselves, and the general experience of those arrested is a stay overnight in a cell and then release without charge the next day.
Add to this, the protest puts real pressure on those with responsibility
for our nuclear ‘deterrent’. If the May
elections result, as seems likely, in a greatly increased number of Scottish
Nationalists, the pressure for a greater degree of independence for
Protest continues here at home, of course. Mary Holmes gives details in this issue of the Block the Builders campaign at Aldermaston. But the Faslane blockade offers ordinary people an excellent opportunity to make a most effective anti-nuclear protest, and so is worth considering. The year-long protest is due to finish in October.
There will be an account of our experiences at Faslane in the next newsletter.