Scrap Trident : “GLASGOW DEMONSTRATION WILL GIVE CLEAR CALL TO UK TO ABANDON NUCLEAR WEAPONS””

[Press Release 3rd April 2015]
Tomorrow’s “Bairns Not Bombs” demonstration in George Square, Glasgow, which is expected to attract thousands, will, in advance of May’s general election, deliver the clear message that Scotland will not tolerate the continuing and active deployment of the UK’s weapons of mass destruction.

The significance of the rally, organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition, [1] is underlined by the presence on the platform of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. [2] A strong welcome for the demonstration also came from Patrick Harvie MSP who is also one of the speakers and who said:

“We have a chance to send a strong message that by repurposing our military and adapting to the threats of the 21st century we can leave the Cold War mentality behind and free up funds to create the jobs our society needs. Scotland is a nation of peace not international aggression. Those advocating renewal of Trident should think carefully how £100 billion could transform our communities.”

Another of tomorrow’s speakers, Nuala Watt, founder of Human Beings on Benefits said that she would be there because, like so many others, she is personally at the sharp end of the Westminster government’s savage attacks on welfare.

Senior Helensburgh resident Eric Wallace, who can see Trident submarines from his window, said:

“If the UK decides to replace Trident the shadow of the nuclear nightmare will hang over future generations. We have no right to gamble with their future. We are caretakers of this planet and our job is to hand it on to future generations just as we found it, or even cleaner and more habitable.”

The demonstration, which includes a march round the city centre, [3] is stage 1 of the Scrap Trident Coalition’s three key events, to be followed by the Bairns Not Bombs Blockade of Faslane naval base on 13th April (7am – 3pm) and the opportunity to Vote Trident Out in May.

Also on the platform will be Labour MP Katy Clark, Cat Boyd from the Radical Independence Campaign, disability rights campaigner Sasha Callaghan , Nuala Watt, Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, STUC, and singers Karine Polwart and Penny Stone.

The demonstration will assemble from 10.30 a.m. in George Square, marching off at 11 a.m. and returning for the rally at noon.

Contacts:

David Mackenzie 07951518778
Brian Larkin 07584492257
Janet Fenton 07795594573
Media Point on South side of stage.

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