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171 Arrests at Faslane

At least 171 people were arrested on the last day of the year long Faslane 365 protest for taking non-violent direct action at the home of BritainÂ’s Trident nuclear weapons submarines. .

Around 600 protestors from across the UK and Europe non-violently shut down road access to the base on the Clyde from around dawn. Some used tubes with their arms locked on to one another to make their removal more difficult, whilst others superglued themselves together. Both gates to the base were blocked as was the road to the nearby Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport, where the Trident nuclear missiles are stored.

At least 171 people were arrested on the last day of the year long Faslane 365 protest for taking non-violent direct action at the home of BritainÂ’s Trident nuclear weapons submarines. .

Around 600 protestors from across the UK and Europe non-violently shut down road access to the base on the Clyde from around dawn. Some used tubes with their arms locked on to one another to make their removal more difficult, whilst others superglued themselves together. Both gates to the base were blocked as was the road to the nearby Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport, where the Trident nuclear missiles are stored.

Through much of the day, new protesters sat down in the road as fast as police could remove those already blockading. By mid afternoon Strathclyde police had arrested an at least 171 protesters. Politicians from several parties joined the demonstrators including six SNP MSPs, two Green Party MSPs, at least one Labour MSP and an MEP.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond issued a statement backing to the event. He sent his “best wishes” to the protestors and said he “shares” Faslane 365’s “objective of removing nuclear weapons from Scotland’s soil”

Kate Hudson, Chair of CND, said, “The vibrancy of todayÂ’s blockade is in marked contrast to the same old arguments used by the UK Government to justify Trident and the proposed replacement. Now Faslane 365 has come to an end CND looks forward to the next phase in the campaign. In 2009 we expect the promised vote in Westminster on whether detailed work designing the new submarines should start, with further decisions to come on whether new warheads are developed.”

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