students lock on the road as academics give seminars
tents erected on the road
Carolyn Lucas Green MEP, Leane Wood Plaid Cymru AM, and MP Krista Van Velzen
Today elected representatives from across the UK and Europe turned out at Faslane to once again protest against nuclear weapons. Politicians from Labour, SNP, SSP, the Green Party and Solidarity along with supporters gathered at ten o’clock to add to the growing protests against nuclear weapons. Krista van Velzen, an MP from Holland, urged police to join the protestors and uphold international law by arresting those who worked on Trident instead of those blockading. She reminded them of German police officers who recently blockaded trains carrying nuclear waste. SSP MSP Rosie Kane pointed out the hypocrisy of the UK government putting pressure on other countries over nuclear weapons, and yet they are preparing to replace the Trident submarines with a possible cost of £76 billion.
After speeches seven elected representatives and two other supporters moved onto the road and blocked traffic. They were Krista van Velzen (Dutch MP, Socialist Party), Carlyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran (MSP’s for the SSP), Leanne Wood (AM, Plaid Cymru), Jill Evans (MEP, Plaid Cymru) and Carolyn Lucas (MEP, Green). The two supporters were Brian Quail and Harry McEachan. They were taken to Clydebank and Dumbarton police stations and were released later this evening without charge. These last two days take the total arrests at Faslane since the start of Faslane 365 to four hundred and seventy three, with sixty one days of presence.