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Thousands take part in anti-war rallies

Posted by Abolition, 25th Feb 2007 | Category: Action/Campaign News

Thousands of anti-war protesters took part in demonstrations yesterday in London and Glasgow calling for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq.

Among the activists and military families who took to the streets were politicians and entertainers. Comedian Mark Thomas and playwright David Edgar were expected to speak at a rally in Trafalgar Square. The Stop the War coalition, which organised the event, along with CND and the British Muslim Initiative, estimated that around 100,000 participated in London. The Metropolitan Police estimated about 2,000-3,000 took part. The protest also demonstrated against the replacement of the Trident nuclear missile system and warned against attacking Iran.

From: The Observer


1,000 join Bin the Bomb protest

Posted by Abolition, 24th Feb 2007 | Category: Action/Campaign News
Political, church and union leaders joined hundreds of people at a Bin the Bomb rally in Scotland's biggest city.

An estimated 1,000 protesters joined the demonstration in Glasgow calling for the Trident nuclear weapon system to be ditched.

From: Press Association

Greenpeace flotilla blockades nuclear base

Posted by Abolition, 23rd Feb 2007 | Category: Action/Campaign News

Seven Greenpeace boats left Greenock this morning to blockade the Trident nuclear submarine at its Scottish base in response to Tony Blair's determination to start building the next generation of British nuclear weapons.

Tony Blair is rushing through a vote in parliament next month to build a replacement for Trident - a new generation of nuclear weapons. The outcome of the vote will have severe implications not just for the UK, but also for the rest of the world.

From: Greenpeace UK


UN nuclear watchdog calls Trident hypocritical

Posted by Abolition, 20th Feb 2007 | Category: Trident Replacement

Britain cannot expect other countries to refrain from acquiring nuclear weapons if it upgrades the Trident deterrent, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday.

Mohammed ElBaradei, who has led the United Nations' nuclear watchdog for 10 years, cast doubt on his own moral authority in seeking to curb the ambitions of countries like Iran, suspected of seeking nuclear weapons.

From: The Telegraph


The Trident Dispatches: An Overview of the Debate

Posted by Abolition, 5th Feb 2007 | Category: Opinion
Does Britain need to replace its nuclear weapons? The current system, which comprises four nuclear submarines, around 50 U.S. Trident D5 ballistic missiles, and up to 200 warheads similar to the U.S. W76 (around 100 kilotons each), is good to go until well into the 2020s. So why is British Prime Minister Tony Blair so keen for a decision before he departs office?