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UK: Thousands rally demanding nuke-free Scotland

United Kingdom, Glasgow
April 13, 2013 at 14:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK: Thousands rally demanding nuke-free Scotland

Up to 2,000 protesters, blaring loud music and waving colourful banners, demonstrated Saturday against the presence of nuclear weapons in Glasgow. The protest began in George Square and moved through the streets of Glasgow with a police escort.

At the march were protesters from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, environmental groups, church organisations, the ruling Scottish National Party, Scottish Socialist Party, and Scottish Green Party members. The movement was united under the banner of the Scrap Trident campaign. The protest is part of a weekend of anti-nuclear events in Scotland, with workshops planned in George Square Sunday and a blockade of Faslane Naval Base, where the Trident missile system is located, Monday.

Trident enables the delivery of up to 200 nuclear tipped warheads to targets from submarines. The British government has said that replacing the Trident warheads could cost British taxpayers a little over £20 billion ($31 billion, €23 billion), but Greenpeace estimates that the long term costs could soar as high as £130 billion ($200 billion, €152 billion) over the lifetime of the warheads. Scrap Trident wants the funds for the replacement of the nuclear arsenal to be instead used on public services.

The renewal of the Trident nuclear defence system is an important issue in the run up to the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. A 2010 YouGov poll showed that almost 70 per cent of Scots opposed the replacement of Trident. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond backs the Scrap Trident campaign, stating in a recent letter to organisers: "I look forward to a Scotland which is free from both the presence and the threat of nuclear weapons."

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UK: Thousands rally demanding nuke-free Scotland

Up to 2,000 protesters, blaring loud music and waving colourful banners, demonstrated Saturday against the presence of nuclear weapons in Glasgow. The protest began in George Square and moved through the streets of Glasgow with a police escort.

At the march were protesters from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, environmental groups, church organisations, the ruling Scottish National Party, Scottish Socialist Party, and Scottish Green Party members. The movement was united under the banner of the Scrap Trident campaign. The protest is part of a weekend of anti-nuclear events in Scotland, with workshops planned in George Square Sunday and a blockade of Faslane Naval Base, where the Trident missile system is located, Monday.

Trident enables the delivery of up to 200 nuclear tipped warheads to targets from submarines. The British government has said that replacing the Trident warheads could cost British taxpayers a little over £20 billion ($31 billion, €23 billion), but Greenpeace estimates that the long term costs could soar as high as £130 billion ($200 billion, €152 billion) over the lifetime of the warheads. Scrap Trident wants the funds for the replacement of the nuclear arsenal to be instead used on public services.

The renewal of the Trident nuclear defence system is an important issue in the run up to the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. A 2010 YouGov poll showed that almost 70 per cent of Scots opposed the replacement of Trident. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond backs the Scrap Trident campaign, stating in a recent letter to organisers: "I look forward to a Scotland which is free from both the presence and the threat of nuclear weapons."

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