Burghfield Disarmament Camp protests continue

By staff writers
5 Sep 2013

The Burghfield Disarmament Camp today continued its protest outside AWE Burghfield with an (almost) nude action near the main gate.

Seven activists exposed the naked truth of nuclear weapons production and maintenance at AWE Burghfield by stripping almost naked, exposing the slogan "Exposing Britain's WMDs" on their bare backs.

The protest has been jointly organised by Action AWE and Trident Ploughshares.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) police rushing to the scene ordered the protesters to cover up and to move to a "designated protest area" provided near the fence. The protesters complied with the request, and continued their action in the designated protest area.

Dr Rownland Dye, a former nuclear scientist and one of the participants in the action, said: "The police was more concerned about our almost naked bodies than about the nuclear weapons factory behind them. If something would go wrong at AWE Burghfield, just outside Reading, then this could have serious longtime consequences for the population of Reading and well beyond."

Shelley Qua, another participant in the action, added: "We would rather spend more money on clothes than seeing £100 billion being spent on Trident replacement. Or to put it more seriously: while £100 billion is being spent on replacing Trident, a lot of people get their urgently needed benefits cut and are not able to afford decent clothing or food. To me, this is much more offensive than our naked bodies."

Almudena Izquierdo, an activist from Madrid in Spain who also joined the action, said: "Nuclear weapons and Trident replacement are far from being a local or just British issue. Radiation does not know or respect orders, and the renewal of Trident is a violation of international law – the commitment to nuclear disarmament enshrined in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."

Activities of the Burghfield Disarmament Camp will continue on Friday 6 September 2013, 12pm, in Reading Centre in pedestrian area near John Lewis in the form of a creative performance against Trident renewal and for nuclear disarmament.

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