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EVICT TRIDENT NOT THE PEACE CAMP

Jane Tallents

Faslane Submarine Base received the message EVICT TRIDENT NOT THE PEACE CAMP very clearly at our demonstration on August 9th. Over 300 people gathered at the North Gate, including a large international contingent from Ecotopia; an annual camp for young environmental activists taking place in Scotland this year.

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Brian Quail made an introductory speech, some of it in Russian for the benefit of our visitors. Then Alan Wilkie spoke about the significance of the International Court of Justice decision, especially that Trident is illegal. Asking what are we to do with no International police force to make sure that International law is complied with, he told us that under the Nuremberg Principles the responsibility lies with every citizen. Alan then invited all those present to become Honorary Marshalls to the International Court and as our first duty to give Trident Notice to Quit. Everyone then signed their own big poster and plastered them all over the fence and gate. Things then became a bit more relaxed with some impromptu music, stilt walking, juggling and of course the essential cup of tea from Helensburgh CND catering corps!

A minibus full of people went off to Coulport to inspect the base where the warheads are stored, as others set off for Helensburgh pier and a trip on the Second Snark to see Faslane from the waterside. Paper boats with EVICT TRIDENT on the sail were launched as we passed the base to be repeated later by a second boat load. Then for those staying on it was back to the Peace Camp for a veggie burger and a chat round the fire. The whole day was very international, not just in the nineteen nationalities present at Faslane, but also in the 12 other demonstrations going on at other 'sites of nuclear crime'. At Aldermaston a Notice To Quit was handed in in solidarity with us, and people attempted to get over the fence to do' War crimes inspections'. There were many other moving ceremonies and creative actions at nuclear sites world-wide.

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