Activists occupy Plymouth Island in nuclear weapons protest
Twelve Trident Ploughshares activists landed on Drakes Island in the River Tamar
last week, close to Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, which is used to refit
Trident, the UK's illegal nuclear weapons system.
The occupation of Drakes Island took place at the same time as the NPT Review
Conference in New York, where the UK delegation is coming under increasing
diplomatic pressure to honour disarmament commitments made in 2000. The Island
occupation highlights the hypocrisy of the UK's position on
At the last NPT Review Conference in 2000, the UK, as a nuclear weapons state,
made a series of commitments, including, "An unequivocal undertaking [by the
nuclear-weapon states] to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear
arsenals leading to nuclear disarmament to which all states parties are
committed under Article VI."
Despite commitments to disarm, and a recent unsolicited attack on Iraq who it
accused of trying to develop nuclear weapons, the UK government is currently
upgrading its nuclear weapons factory, AWE at Aldermaston with development of
facilities for the manufacture of the next generation of nuclear weapons already
The Island occupation was the start of two weeks of protest in Plymouth by local
people who are joined by national and international nuclear weapons protesters
committed to seeing Plymouth and the UK free of nuclear weapons.
A carnival and blockade will be held outside Devonport Dockyard on Friday 20th
May and a camp site is organised in Plymouth for protesters from Thursday 19th
to Sunday 22nd May.
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