15 February 2001 Edition

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350 held at anti-nuclear demo

350 protestors were arrested at an anti-nuclear protest held at the Faslane Trident submarine base at Clyde in Scotland on Monday, 12 February.

The demonstration was one of the biggest held at the base in recent years, with almost 1,000 protestors coming from Britain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Denmark.

Of the Irish contingent, 75 students from colleges throughout the 26 Counties travelled to the event, held 30 miles from Glasgow, under the banner of `Gluaiseacht for Social Justice', a green and social issues umbrella group.

The protest, jointly organised by Trident Ploughshares and Scottish CND, was backed by church leaders, politicians and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Sean Connery, who sent messages of support.

President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Julian de Spáinn, one of those arrested at the demonstration, stressed the importance of the protest. ``We want to be part of the campaign to decommission these terrorist weapons of mass destruction. As well as that, Faslane is on Scotland's western seaboard, so it affects Ireland.''

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