On Sat, 17 Nov 2001 19:11:56 +0000, Trident Ploughshares Media
email@example.com > wrote:
Press Release: 17th November 2001
Campaigners Close Downing Street to "Secure Terrorist Suspects"
Today fifty Trident Ploughshares campaigners closed down Downing
Street for an hour in order to draw attention to their claim that the deployment
Of Trident nuclear missiles means that UK government leaders are
At 5 p.m. this afternoon the campaigners handed in a letter for Prime
Minister Tony Blair. They then locked themselves with padlocks and
Chains to the gate that protects the street. One activist, Dave
Rolstone(54),a boatbuilder from Faslane Peace Camp in Scotland, climbed up the gate
And perched on one of the ornamental lamp-posts. The banner hung on the
Gateway read: "CLOSED. Nuclear Terrorists Under Investigation. UK's Trident
Missiles Could Kill Millions."
When police cut through most of the locks and chains the activists sat
Down against the gate and it was an hour before they were dragged or led
There were no arrests.
The letter says:
"Your present "war on terrorism" has yet again highlighted to us and
to the campaign, the terrorism which is implicit in our very possession of
nuclear weapons. How can you argue that one Trident warhead of 100 kilotons
can be used without killing thousands and terrorising thousands more? . . .
We ask that the UK practises the same civilised values that we expect from
Other countries in the world."
Trident Ploughshares member David Mackenzie said: "The Prime Minister
Who talks about the sanctity of human life is the same Prime Minister who
Has said he is willing to press the Trident button and let loose an
Unspeakable terror on millions of innocent people. We are determined to go on
Exposing the failure of the UK to practise what it so loudly preaches."
The Downing Street demonstration is part of a long weekend of action
In London by the Trident Ploughshares campaign which is committed to
nonviolent, open and accountable direct action against the Trident
nuclear weapon system.
*Full Text of Letter available
London Contacts: 07876593016 or 07752378993
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