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185 Arrests at Faslane
Scotland-14 February: In another major victory for the Trident Ploughshares campaign, 400 protesters blockaded the gate of Faslane submarine base near Glasgow on Valentines day. For two hours the blockade prevented workers from entering the base where the UK Trident nuclear weapon submarines are based.
In their effort to preserve military status quo, police chose to detain 185 peace activists. Included in the arrests were a member of the Scottish Parliament, Tommy Sheridan, a member of the European Parliament, Caroline Lucas, and Scottish church ministers.
A Trident Ploughshares spokesperson said: "Today's blockade shows that more and more people are grasping the urgency of the threat posed by Britain's unlawful nuclear arsenal. We are delighted that so many have been ready to take this significant step towards preventing nuclear crime."
The event was jointly organized by Scottish CND, British CND and Trident Ploughshares. Contact Trident Ploughshares 2000, 42-46 Bethel Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NR, UK or firstname.lastname@example.org