Protesters take action at Derby nuclear plant on the 21st anniversary of Chernobyl, in solidarity with Faslane365 Environmentalist blockade. Twenty-one years ago today, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster caused large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia to be badly contaminated with radioactive material, resulting in the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people. To mark the anniversary of this environmental and a humanitarian catastrophe, protesters today disrupted work at Rolls Royce Raynesway near Derby, which makes and tests the enriched uranium fuel rods that power Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.
The protest was timed to coincide with a blockade being carried out by a group of environmentalists at Faslane in Scotland, where the Trident submarines are based. One of the protesters, James Evans aged 24, said: "With the government intending to replace it's illegal Trident system, and to build more nuclear power stations in the UK, it's vital that ordinary people take a stand to prevent future nuclear disasters."
"Nuclear power is a dirty industry, supported by huge subsidies. It makes only the tiniest of dents in greenhouse gas emissions, yet leaves behind a toxic waste legacy that will last for millennia. It is grossly irresponsible and unfair to burden future generations with our radioactive waste."
"Nuclear submarines are even worse, combining dirty power with an indiscriminate killing system that could lead to the end of most life on Earth if it were ever used. We are protesting today in solidarity with everyone at Faslane, to highlight what goes on at this plant, and to tell Rolls Royce that they are not welcome to build illegal weapons of mass destruction on our doorstep - or anywhere."