June 22, 2011

Christian nuclear weapons protestors convicted


by Jan Harris

Three anti-nuclear weapons protestors were convicted under the Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) yesterday, for their parts in a protest at the Aldermaston atomic weapons site in September last year.

The Christian peace protesters were arrested at a protest organised by the Catholic Worker movement after they broke into the outer fence of AWE Aldermaston and erected a sign saying ‘Open for Disarmament: All Welcome.”

Susan Clarkson (64), Chris Cole (47) and Fr Martin Newell (42) received conditional discharges for 18 months and each was ordered to pay £553 for costs and compensation.

Their convictions coincided with the first day of a three-day ‘Global Zero’ summit in London, which will discuss multilateral nuclear arms reductions.

As part of the Global Zero campaign a new film, ‘Countdown to Zero’ is being screened.

The film is produced by Lawrence Bender who hopes it will inspire people to take action.

The 25 June has been designated ‘Nuclear Abolition Day’ by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The day will be marked by demonstrations, marches and events around the world.

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