Christians have joined with others to issue a “call to repentance” over nuclear weapons. They joined a mass protest at the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment that saw the gates of the site brought to a virtual standstill.
Around 800 nonviolent protesters have succeeded in blocking access to the majority of gates at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston. Faith groups are playing a major role in the protests, which began at 7.00am.
Hundreds of people from varied walks of life are expected to arrive at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston today in an attempt to blockade the site. A range of faith groups, and four bishops, will join the protests.
Four bishops will be amongst the protestors at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston, Berkshire next week. Hundreds of people of many faiths and of none are preparing to blockade the site on Monday 15 February.
The government is facing criticism for the narrow range of its Defence Review, which was presented in a Green Paper in the House of Commons yesterday. Campaigners say that it ignores fundamental questions about security and conflict.
For British politics, the defining moment of the last decade was on 15 February 2003, when over a million people marched through London to oppose the invasion of Iraq. But the war went ahead despite public opposition. This striking image illustrates two key aspects of the last decade – a government pursuing a thoroughly militaristic agenda, and a public resistant to going along with it.
Employees of the arms company Lockheed Martin experienced a surprise seasonal visit when activists turned up in festive costume to sing “updated” carols. The singers focused on the company's role in making nuclear weapons.
A pro-nuclear former minister has urged the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to stick with his plans to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system. His comments are likely to fuel speculation that Brown is now doubting the policy.