British anti-nuclear weapons activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

By agency reporter
31 Jan 2012

Angie Zelter, founder-member of the anti-nuclear weapon campaign group Trident Ploughshares, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire, who won the award in 1976.

Nominating Ms Zelter, Maguire said: "Angie Zelter has dedicated her life to building peace and working for world nuclear disarmament. Her life is committed to working to prevent nuclear mass murder, and by her own personal example and through her organisational skills, she has inspired and empowered many people to mobilise to prevent their governments from nuclear genocide, and begin seriously the work of abolishing all nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction."

She continued: "From peace groups, demonstrations, vigils, street theatre, to nonviolent civil disobedience, imprisonment for non-violent protests, Angie Zelter’s activism and life of numerous acts of nonviolent civil disobedience against nuclear weapons qualify her to be a worthy nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize."

Ms Zelter is currently engaged in supporting the villagers of Gangjeong on Jeju Island, South Korea who are resisting the destructive development of a naval base on the island that will become part of the US missile defense system to contain China.

For Trident Ploughshares, Jane Tallents commented: "We are delighted at the recognition this nomination gives to Angie’s work and to the vital importance of non-violent civil resistance in the face of injustice, environmental destruction and the murderous insanity of nuclear weapons. As Angie herself has pointed out, we must see ourselves as global citizens who can never be fully human while others continue to suffer."

Angie Zelter was one of the four women who made history in 1996 by being acquitted by an English jury for prevention of a major crime against humanity. The four women were on trial after causing an estimated £1.5 million worth of damage to a Hawk aircraft bound for oppression of the East-Timor resistance in Indonesia. She is a well-travelled campaigner on human rights and environmental issues and has been active in nuclear disarmament since the early eighties.

In 1999 Ms Zelter was one of three Trident Ploughshares activists who boarded the Trident research barge Maytime in Loch Goil and damaged equipment there. They were acquitted at the subsequent trial in Greenock on the basis of the illegality of the UK’s nuclear weapons under international law. Their action was recognised by the Right Livelihood Award in 2001.

Angie Zelter, aged 60, lives in Knighton, Powys.

Trident Ploughshares is a part of the international nuclear disarmament movement. Trident Ploughshares activists have pledged to disarm the UK Trident nuclear weapons system in a non-violent, open, peaceful, safe and fully accountable manner.

* Trident Ploughshares - http://www.tridentploughshares.org/

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