Press Release: 13th July 2007

This morning, for the second time in three days, Trident Ploughshares campaigners blocked roads into the nuclear warhead store at Coulport on Loch Long as part of a week of peaceful disruption of the UK Trident bases in Scotland.

A group of four protesters blocked the main route to the base by lying in the roadway joined to each other through “lock-on” tubes while a different group, in carnival costume, occupied an alternative access route. Access to the base via these roads was blocked for over two hours. The “lock-on” group was eventually removed by police and the four arrested on a charge of breach of the peace. Those arrested were Esa Noresvuo (26) and Kaj Raninen, both from Helsinki, Peter Anderson (60), from Wales, Jamie Watson (35), from Glasgow.

Meanwhile Brian Quail (79) a retired teacher from Glasgow, and Angie Zelter (66), a peace and environmental campaigner from Knighton in Wales are in prison until their trial on 3rd August, Brian in HMP Low Moss and Angie in HMP Cornton Vale. They were remanded in custody yesterday after refusing special bail conditions which prohibited them from protesting at Faslane or Coulport.

Campaigners have derived encouragement from the adoption on the 7th July by the United Nations of a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, backed by 122 states. Janet Fenton, who attended the Ban Treaty Conference as part of an accredited civil society delegation from Scotland, said:

The Ban Treaty puts anti-nuclear weapon campaigners on the same side as the majority of the world’s governments so it’s a joy to be here doing what we can to show how the UK is critically out of step with the realities.”

The week of Trident Ploughshares disruptive action against the nuclear weapon bases continues until Sunday.

Contact: Trident Ploughshares Media 07393482499 or David Mackenzie 07876593016

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