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Faslane Peace Camp: 40th Anniversary Events Planned This Weekend

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jun 9, 2022

PROTESTERS head to Faslane this weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the Peace Camp near HM Clyde Naval Base.

Activists in South West England travel more than 400 miles towing a giant peace logo that stands over three meters tall.

The group plans to take part in events at Peace Camp North Shandon on June 11-12 before taking the logo to RNAD Coulport.

According to the Faslane Peace Camp Facebook page, three days of music, workshops, demonstrations and vegan food options are planned for June 10, 11 and 12.

Activist Angie Zeiter said: “The war in Ukraine has made it more evident than ever that nuclear weapons do not prevent war. They just make it more dangerous.

Faslane Peace Camp was established in June 1982

“The bottom line of so-called ‘deterrence’ is the will to commit mass murder, a large-scale atrocity, a major war crime.”

Gillean Lawrence of the Scottish CND added: “The action of peace activists across the UK is in line with international law.

“Since January 2021, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has made nuclear weapons illegal, as has happened with successful bans on landmines, chemical and biological weapons.

“So far, 61 countries have ratified the treaty, including our neighbors Ireland, and will meet in Vienna this month.”

Peace Camp was founded in June 1982 when Margaret Harrison, from Dumbarton, and her husband Bobby pitched a tent on the side of the A814 near the south entrance to Faslane.

Since then, the activities of the campers, particularly their protests outside and the naval base blockades, have been regularly reported in local and national media.