Women Blockade Faslane
Posted by charliegrrl on October 5, 2007
Faslane is a nuclear base in Scotland, holding submarines, Trident missiles and warheads.
Since October 2006, various groups have come together to form a whole year of non-violent direct action against Faslane, each taking their turn to blockade the nuclear base. The purpose being to put pressure on the government to disarm its nuclear weapons, resist the military agenda as a means of solving national security, and to present strong resistence to the plan to develop nuclear power as a source of energy.
Women’s groups took an important part in the Faslane 365 action.
They blockaded Faslane on the first day of the Faslane 365 action in 2006, and a year later, at the end of September just gone, held another two day women-only blockade. One aim is to demonstrate the connection between war and patriarchy.
Women’s groups involved in the blockade included:
Aldermaston Women, who hold a peace camp at Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment site, near Reading.
Women in Black, a national anti-war women’s group
Grannies for Peace, who in protest held up pictures of their Grandchildren demonstrating nuclear war is no answer for the security of future generations.
There are some great photos on the website, of women challenging the police with peaceful direct action
My favourite is the Greenham Women protesting by setting up a knitting circle in the middle of the road and infront of lines of police officers
And of course, resisting arrest!
The final blockade bringing together all groups took place October 1st marking the end of a sucessful one year campaign against nuclear weapons…some groups are even still protesting!
For more information and to see more photos, visit the Faslane 365 website
All photos taken from the Faslane 365 website