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Issue #1679      April 1, 2015

Protest ride against nukes

BRITAIN: Anti-nuclear activists are mounting a two-wheeled protest against Trident by cycling 60 miles from London to Britain’s nuclear bomb factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire.

Aldermaston and Burghfield manufacture warheads for the nuclear submarine program.

The cyclists left from the symbolic start point of arms giant Lockheed Martin’s offices near Piccadilly Circus.

The trek will take two days, and en route the cyclists will visit communities affected by government cuts and visit the offices of other arms companies profiting from government subsidies.

Parliament is due to give the go-ahead for updating the controversial system in 2016, at a cost to the taxpayer of more than £100 billion.

But even though Parliament has yet to give formal approval, advance work on the modernisation is known to have started at Aldermaston.

Among the cyclists is Ian Pocock, a long-time campaigner against the arms trade, from London.

Mr Pocock, who was recently made redundant, told the Morning Star that the aim was to put a focus on the insanity of Trident in the run-up to the general election.

“We hope the politicians will listen and realise that Trident is totally immoral, offensive and a waste of money,” he said.

The cyclists have called their trek “Wheel Stop Trident.”

Stopping-off points include Ealing Hospital, which is facing the closure of its maternity unit.

“Ealing Hospital’s future is still uncertain,” said Laura Stringhetti of Ealing Save Our NHS.

“The government tells us that austerity is necessary as there is no money left, while there is money for nuclear weapons and wars.”

Morning Star

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