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Second wave at Faslane - 3 more arrested for cycling in to nuclear base

A-L | 04.09.2007 10:19 | Faslane | Anti-militarism

At 11.00a.m. today, 3 more peace protesters breached security at the North gate of the Faslane nuclear submarine base, entering on bicycles. This second team from the ‘Faslane 365 Serious Organised Crime Investigation and Prevention Team’ follows the earlier arrest of 3 women inside the base. It is understood that they are being charged under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA). The total number of Scottish SOCRAP arrests is now 6.

Like the 3 earlier Faslane 365 activists, arrested at around 4.30 a.m. this morning after climbing the high security fences, Janet Fenton, Angie Zelter and Wolf Konowski entered the Faslane base to find evidence on the rules of engagement, policies and procedures for the deployment, targeting and use of nuclear weapons and to discover what information is provided to personnel about the legal, safety and security implications of their work on Trident.

Janet Fenton (60) from Edinburgh said, “The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act does not have backing in Scotland. It is there to stop people exposing the real law-breaking of the UK Government. The deployment of Trident is illegal according to the World Court.”

Angie Zelter (56) from Norfolk said, “The law must not be used to protect illegalities. SOCAP is political legislation that makes it a criminal offence for protesters to go into Faslane when it is our legal, civil and moral duty to uphold the law by exposing and preventing preparations for mass murder.”

Wolf Konowski (43) from Germany, added, “For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good people to do nothing.”

Note for editors:
The “Faslane 365 Blockade” started on October 1, 2006. Thousands have participated and more than 930 people have been arrested. On October 1st there will be a celebratory “Big Blockade’ involving all the blockading groups that have participated throughout the year.

The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCAP) became law in 2005, and amended by the Terrorism Act 2006. Under the rubric of defending against terrorism, SOCAP makes it a criminal offence to “trespass” on certain areas of land, including military facilities, such as the Trident nuclear weapons base at Faslane

The United Kingdom currently deploys up to 200 nuclear warheads on US Trident missiles, carried on nuclear submarines based at the Faslane Naval Base in Scotland. The majority of warheads are 100 kilotonnes, which is more than 8 times bigger than the bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The UK is facing a highly controversial decision on whether to get the next generation of Trident nuclear weapons or move towards genuine nuclear disarmament, as required under the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and subsequent international agreements, as specified by the International Court of Justice in 1996. Recent opinion polls show that 80 percent of people living in Scotland (and 55 percent in the UK as a whole) are opposed to nuclear weapons and want Trident to be cancelled. On June 14, the Scottish Parliament voted against Trident by 71 votes to 16 (with 39 abstentions).

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