Faslane 365
North Wales goes to Faslane to protest against nuclear weapons as part of the Faslane 365 campaign. November 2006. Hope other people can supply some pics to fill the gaps.

Eight members of our group, including four teenagers, were arrested at the blockade and held by police for 30 hours before being released with warning letters from the procurator fiscal and no charge. 11 members of the South/Mid Wales group were arrested the previous day, including some protesters as young as 14.

Here are photos from both groups and some pics of an event which took place in Bangor on November 11th to raise awareness of the blockade.

From the press release:

More than 150 years after the Daughters of Rebecca (Merched Beca) rose up in Wales to challenge unfair taxes, a group of anti-nuclear activists in North Wales is reviving the movement to challenge the presence of Trident nuclear weapons at Faslane in Scotland and government plans to replace Trident with a new generation of nuclear weapons. The likely cost of a new nuclear weapons system is £75 billion, money which could be spent instead on improving health and welfare services, housing, education and other public services.

Campaigners from across North Wales, including four members of Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum, are taking part in “Faslane 365”, a year-long blockade of Faslane nuclear base. Groups from all over Britain and beyond are taking it in turns to maintain a non-violent blockade of the base. The North Wales blockade will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (14 & 15 November).

For the North Wales blockade, many of those taking part will be donning “Merched Beca” costumes, with faces blacked, and wearing skirts, bonnets and shawls. The actions of the Daughters of Rebecca in 1839-44, where men dressed up in women’s clothes and destroyed toll gates, led directly to a Royal Commission to examine the issue, and by 1844 most of the toll gates had been abolished, allowing ordinary people to move freely along the roads. The 21st Century Daughters of Rebecca hope that their peaceful direct action will bring about the decommissioning and dismantling of Britain’s nuclear weapons. All those taking part risk being arrested and charged under Scottish law, but believe that their civil disobedience is justified to prevent a greater crime from being committed by our government.
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