From 7am on Thursday 3rd October, 50 activists from Wales blockaded the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield. Trident Ploughshares congratulates the campaigners, who are calling for the Trident nuclear weapons system to be scrapped and plans to replace it cancelled.
The protest, organised by CND Cymru, saw activists from across Wales, accompanied by three huge red dragons, ‘lock on’ with chains and pipes across the main entrance.
Protesters sent the following comments from the blockade:
Councillor Ray Davies (Lab: Caerphilly)
“We have come from our Welsh Valleys to tell the world that we will never give up the struggle to free our beautiful world from the dangers and fear of nuclear weapons. We are blockading here at AWE Burghfield, where the Trident warheads are made, for our children and for all our future generations.”
Marie Walsh (Blackwood, Gwent):
“Our three Welsh dragons, banners and “Mad Trident” tea party have been getting lots of support from cars passing on the road where we are blocking the lane to the AWE Burghfield Main Gate. The message is “Vote NO to Nuclear”!
Food not Bombs Cardiff:
“We believe the government should not spend any more money on bombs and war, but start spending more money on feeding hungry people.”
Angie Zelter (Knighton):
“We need co-operation, not war, to deal with climate change and to enable everyone on the planet to live in security and health’”