Police have begun trying to eliminate climate activists who blocked Faslane’s nuclear base by attaching them to huge flowerpots. Members of Extinction Rebellion Scotland, along with Trident Plowshares peace activists, are protesting at the north gate of the base in Gare Loch, Argyll and Bute.
The All Women’s Group placed three planters on the road on Friday morning, including plants and flowers, painted in the words “safety,” “green,” and “future.”
Extinction Rebellion protesters are locked to each planter, preventing them from moving and blocking access to the base, but emergency vehicles can access the site through the South Gate.
Activists say they are demanding a safe future from the “threat of nuclear weapons and the destruction of the environment.”
More than 15 activists are involved, but they are more numerous than police officers who built screens in an attempt to eliminate protesters.
As the police began to act, the demonstrators began singing.
Archaeologist and Extinction Rebellion Scottish activist Sarah Krisher, 28, said:
“Stockpiling weapons with the ability to wipe out all life to look tough does nothing to keep Britain or any other country safe.
“The ongoing environmental degradation caused by uranium mining and nuclear testing continues to be felt, especially among the Pacific island nations most threatened by climate change.
“We must unite to build a safer and fairer future for all.”
A protester who named her only as Catherine asked the British government to “dismantle Trident,” adding that “I want a sustainable and safe future, but not nuclear weapons.” ..
“I feel a lot of anger and fear, but I also feel a lot of love. I don’t want to die, I want to protect my loved ones, those around me, and I want a safe and green future for them. I’m doing this because I’m out. “
HMNB Clyde, known as Faslane, is home to Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Extinction Rebellion said the action was part of the Peace Lotus campaign, a global day of anti-war resistance celebrating the end of the Vietnam War.
A spokesman for HM Naval Base Clyde said: “You can see that there is a protest at the north gate of HMNBClyde.
“Scottish police are present to help Pentagon police deal with this activity.
“A well-established and fully coordinated procedure has been implemented to ensure that the effective operation of HMNB Clyde is not compromised by protests.”
Lucinda Cameron and Douglas Barry