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Ulla Roder Confirms Leuchars Tornado "Out of Action"

TRIDENT PLOUGHSHARES | 12.03.2003 22:09 | Anti-militarism | Repression

Today Trident Ploughshares activist Ulla Roder confirmed that the Tornado jet which she damaged yesterday at Leuchars airbase is unlikely to fly again.

Ulla (48), from Odense in Denmark, but currently living in Scotland, described how she went into a hangar at the Fife airbase and discovered the plane completely unguarded. She said: "I took my hammer to the nose-cone, the cockpit, the fuselage, the wings, the tailplane and other parts of the plane which it was safe to damage. I don't see it flying again. I then sat down and waited for the security people to arrive. When the police came everything was calm and relaxed." She is in good spirits and pleased that this particular aircraft will not be dropping bombs on innocent people in Iraq.

This morning Ulla appeared at private hearing at Cupar Sheriff Court and was remanded to Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling on petition until another hearing takes place next Thursday. Currently the charge against her is one of criminal damage. Until investigations are complete the cost of the damage will not be known but may run to over £1 million.

A Trident Ploughshares spokesperson said: "Ulla's action gives a huge lift to the anti-war movement and will inspire other peaceful and nonviolent acts to put a spoke in the wheel of the Blair war machine."

Ulla is well known as one of the Trident Three who were acquitted by a Scottish court after damaging the Trident research barge Maytime in 1999. She has served several prison terms for anti-Trident actions.

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Display the following 50 comments

  1. Well done! — Matt S
  2. I will not remain in silence... — no-war
  3. Oh yes well done — bobthecob
  4. the ''tornado'' is the the MRCA — in reply to 'bobthecob'
  5. Leuchars Tornado F.3 damaged — FODACDEN
  6. MRCA? — Tonka
  7. protest hobbyist — brian
  8. Quid pro quo — Charles
  9. soloutions — mark
  10. fighter or bomber, same thing really — bye bye
  11. Tornado F3 — Jason Juliet
  12. useful ! — Mockturtle
  13. What the planes do is irrelevant — An American
  14. Heroic Women — Proud Father
  15. doesn't help anti-war movement — agnostic
  16. Ineffectual — agnostic
  18. Technical Quibbles — Geoff Farrell
  19. more news ! — mayler
  20. well done. thats one plane that wont bombing — snail
  21. Thank you for your sacrifice! — Jeff
  22. okay... — Jason Juliet
  23. Thoughtful Action! — rusl from Canada
  24. Well done! — Harq al-Ada
  25. The New Terrorists — GriffinWolf
  26. why war despite motivations is good for Iraq — Jeremy
  27. Bomber or Not..!!! — ORange
  28. the funny thing — justathought
  29. Vandals — Mark
  30. Congratulations! — Paul Drew
  31. Legal stuff — Whatever
  32. Nicely done. Only 100s more planes to go! — Colt
  33. Please support the Iraqi people — Iraqi exile living in the UK
  34. To iraqi exile — Alex
  35. From Iraqi Exile to Alex — Iraqi Exile
  36. To iraqi exile — Alex
  37. Concern over violence — Art Blinkin
  38. Admirable action — Jens Nielsen
  39. Back to Alex — Iraqi in Exile (but not for long)
  40. very good job! — kartoffel/potatoe
  41. Resist! — Matthew
  42. i feel no good will come of this — Delphine
  43. How to gain peace (to alex/iraqi) — Christos
  44. To Alex and Christos — Iraqi in Exile
  45. project for mad, mad, mad world order — Delphine
  46. Liberators — Christos Dimitrakakis
  47. To iraqi exile — Alex
  48. Iraqi In Exile — Marcos
  49. Editor's Note: — Tom
  50. Should be locked up — UK Ex serviceman