• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

Faslane: Logo heads to nuclear protest camp for 40th anniversary

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jun 9, 2022

A GIANT peace logo will arrive in Glasgow on Thursday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Faslane Peace Camp.

The peace camp has sat outside the nuclear weapons base since June 12, 1982, when anti-nuclear veterans Bobby and Margaret Harrison pitched a tent on the side of the A814.

Since then, the peace camp has been embroiled in decades of protests centered on Her Majesty’s Clyde Naval Base and the Trident nuclear missiles stationed there.

Once home to up to 400 protesters, the camp’s population has shrunk to just three in 2021.

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However, he returned to the public eye after appearing in the hit BBC series Vigil, which saw Martin Compston’s character secretly date a member of the camp.

As the Peace Camp seeks to celebrate its 40th anniversary, members of protest groups from across the UK will travel to Faslane for the event.

Activists from Trident Plowshares and Extinction Rebellion will travel to Scotland from the south of England towing a giant peace logo as they go.

The logo, decorated with multicolored patterns and mounted on a trailer, is about three meters high.

After the weekend’s anniversary celebrations, the logo will head to the nuclear weapons protests in Coulport Angie Zetler, the veteran activist who founded Trident Plowshares, said: “The war in Ukraine has made it more obvious than ever that nuclear weapons do not prevent war. . They just make it more dangerous.

“The main thing with so-called ‘deterrence’ is the will to commit mass murder, a large-scale atrocity, a major war crime. This is not a common sense insurance policy. Instead, it leads to the holding of the entire world civilian population hostage.

Gillean Lawrence from Scottish CND welcomed the logo and the work of Trident Plowshares and Extinction Rebellion.

Dr Rowland Dye of Extinction Rebellion Peace Bristol, said: “As a former nuclear scientist, I know too well the risks to the people of this country of building and maintaining nuclear weapons.

“Added to this is the ruinous financial burden – that money would be so much better spent on the NHS, feeding starving children or tackling the urgent catastrophic issues of climate change.”

Before heading to Faslane Peace Camp, Peace Logo will stop at Quakers Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PS at midday on Thursday 9th June.

More information on the anti-nuclear weapons protests planned for the camp’s anniversary can be found here.