no trident replacement
whole square blocked
police clear the road
police dismantle trident (we wish!)
the press pack
slightly injured hand from cutter
starting on the bin
the big guns for the concrete
still waiting for their freedom
a long slow process
cutting thru the piping
a specialist team arrived and started cutting away at the 'trident missile', while the activists were handed notices by police telling them that they were taking part in an 'unauthorised protest' under the 'serious organised crime and police act' (socpa).
after about half an hour, two lanes of traffic were opened, and the three activists attached to the missile were freed and arrested. one of them had been slightly cut on her right hand during police attempts to release her.
a huge hammer drill was used on the first of the concrete blocks. the block was moulded in a plastic bin with the painted words 'bin trident'. press were moved well away and officers blocked sight-lines. they claimed it was for health and safety reasons, but continued to allow traffic to pass by within feet of the operation.
each block took a further twenty minutes or so, and it was past four 'o' clock when the last of the protesters were removed. it is believed they are charged under the socpa legislation and for obstruction of the highway.
'block the builders' stage regular blockades at the aldermarston weapons laboratory and the next is planned for 19th march. they believe that the building work at the lab has already started for the next generation of nuclear weapons and that today's trident vote is a sham.
more details available at www.blockthebuilders.org.uk
- participating in an unauthorised demonstration in the designated zone (socpa sect132)
- obstruction of the highway
it's difficult to see how they could have got their demo authorised - i'm sure superintendent terry would have tried to set conditions on them once he knew of their plans - mind you, as shown in court in january, he has no more authority to impose conditions than a sewer rat. and since he's been meaninglessly authorising demos all year, it seems the police are deliberately making it impossible to comply with the legislation, which requires that the commissioner authorises demonstrations (not a lower superintendnet superpretender)
anyway, maybe this will be one of the arguments heard in court - date fixed for 29th march
short film of the action will be posted soon
Before destruction commenced
After 6 hours hard work with jack hammers