A Blot on the Landscape – Hope on the Horizon.
The above picture was taken at Garelochhead on the west coast of Scotland, about 30 miles from Glasgow. Beautiful, isn’t it? But just a few hundred short yards from where this picture was taken sits Faslane Naval Base, home of the UK’s Trident submarine fleet, the ultimate blot on any landscape.
I found myself in this part of the world last week taking part in the Big Blockade, called to mark the successful completion of the Faslane 365 campaign, which over the last year has seen over a thousand activists, from all over the world, arrested for their non-violent opposition to the UK’s possession of terrifying weapons of mass destruction.
In attendance at this carnival of resistance were Christians, Buddhists and athiests; MP’s, anarchists, nationalists, socialists, artists, writers, musicians, actors, clowns, nobel laureates, environmentalists, teachers, lawyers, gas engineers, and health professionals. All united in their revulsion at nuclear weapons, and their determination to see our world rid of them before it is too late.
About 170 people were arrested during the course of the day for non-violently using their bodies as an extension of their consciences.
The Faslane 365 campaign has been a massive shot in the arm to the anti-nuclear movement both here and abroad, and I am proud to have played a very small part in it’s success. The success of the F365 campaign was in raising the profile of the anti-nuclear constituency, which opinion polls regularly show to be the majority of the population, not just of Scotland, or the UK, but the whole world.
During the course of the campaign, the Scottish Parliament elected to power a party that is expressly committed to the removal of nuclear facilities from Scotland, and at Westminster the debate and vote on Trident replacement saw the largest government rebellion on a defence issue in history. This is just the beginning. Despite the blot on the landscape, there is hope on the horizon.
~ by blacksheepdiarist on October 7, 2007.
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