Oxford CND press release.

13th June 2016

Local peace campaigners will be demonstrating at the UK Nuclear Weapon Assembly Plant on Tuesday 14th June. They are from Oxford, Faringdon. Abingdon, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Reading and Salisbury.

This is part of a  month of peaceful disruption of the nuclear bomb assembly plant at Atomic Weapons Establishment(AWE) Burghfield in Berkshire, thirty miles from Oxford. The aim is to make it as difficult as possible for the plant to continue its ongoing work assembling, refurbishing and upgrading the atomic warheads for Britain’s Trident submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Armed convoys transport the nuclear warheads between AWE Burghfield and RNAD Coulport near the Faslane submarine base in Scotland. The convoys often travel through Oxfordshire on the A34 and M40, passing close to Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury. They carry the most deadly cargo in Britain.

Enormous amounts of money are now being spent to upgrade nuclear weapon facilities. The latest lifetime cost estimate to for a replacement of Trident is £205billion.

Most countries in the world want nuclear weapon states to talk, to reduce nuclear arsenals and to stop nuclear proliferation. There will be a vote in Parliament this year to decide whether to replace Trident. It is important that the voice of peace and nuclear disarmament is heard.

The campaigners will protest at the construction of nuclear weapons at Burghfield. Our intervention will be entirely peaceful and non-violent, but it will be determined, imaginative and persistent.

Nigel Day

Oxford Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
01865 248357 – oxfordcnd@phonecoop.coop