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UK: Corbyn slams Trident renewal at massive anti-nuclear protest in London02:24

UK: Corbyn slams Trident renewal at massive anti-nuclear protest in London

United Kingdom, London
February 27, 2016 at 19:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters marched through central London to demonstrate against the renewal of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme on Saturday, in what is said to be the biggest anti-nuclear weapons rally in Britain for many years.

Protesters held banners with slogans such as "Climate not Trident", "NHS not Trident", and "Cut war not welfare." The crowd marched from Marble Arch and gathered at Trafalgar Square where speeches from politicians and activists were held. The march was organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Among the speakers was Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who had campaigned for leadership of the party on the platform of a nuclear-free future for the UK. "I want to be here because of my belief in a nuclear free-future," he stated. He called for "a world that emphasises dealing with the crying needs of the poor and homeless in this country; those that are going short and suffering public spending cuts in this country."

The renewal of Britain's nuclear arms programme has sparked an intense debate, in a period of austerity when cuts to social welfare, health care and the education system are leaving many people without jobs and basic services.

According to the UK's Ministry of Defence, the total cost of renewal, including replacing the ageing submarines which carry the Trident missiles, may add up to £31 billion (€39 billion; $43 billion) over a 20-year period. An additional £10 billion (€12.70 billion; $13.90 billion) has been set aside for any additional costs.

UK: Corbyn slams Trident renewal at massive anti-nuclear protest in London02:24
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Thousands of protesters marched through central London to demonstrate against the renewal of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme on Saturday, in what is said to be the biggest anti-nuclear weapons rally in Britain for many years.

Protesters held banners with slogans such as "Climate not Trident", "NHS not Trident", and "Cut war not welfare." The crowd marched from Marble Arch and gathered at Trafalgar Square where speeches from politicians and activists were held. The march was organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

Among the speakers was Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who had campaigned for leadership of the party on the platform of a nuclear-free future for the UK. "I want to be here because of my belief in a nuclear free-future," he stated. He called for "a world that emphasises dealing with the crying needs of the poor and homeless in this country; those that are going short and suffering public spending cuts in this country."

The renewal of Britain's nuclear arms programme has sparked an intense debate, in a period of austerity when cuts to social welfare, health care and the education system are leaving many people without jobs and basic services.

According to the UK's Ministry of Defence, the total cost of renewal, including replacing the ageing submarines which carry the Trident missiles, may add up to £31 billion (€39 billion; $43 billion) over a 20-year period. An additional £10 billion (€12.70 billion; $13.90 billion) has been set aside for any additional costs.

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