Britain: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament growing


CND demonstrationFrom British daily The Independent:

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has signalled its resurgence by agreeing a 50 per cent increase in its staffing levels and campaigning budget as it fights the Government’s plans to replace Trident and allow a new generation of nuclear power stations.

CND‘s membership fell from a peak of 110,000 in 1983, when the Cold War made nuclear weapons a burning issue, to 32,000 last year.

But since Tony Blair’s announcement in May that nuclear power was “back on the agenda with a vengeance”, the organisation has had a 300 per cent rise in new members.

CND and Britain in the 1960s: here.

5 thoughts on “Britain: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament growing

  1. International blockade of Belgian nuclear weapons base at Kleine Brogel
    draws significant support

    Photos available, free from copyright:
    http://www.motherearth.org/photo.php?album=v/2006/bike/block

    A colourful, international, blockade of Kleine Brogel nuclear weapon base
    in Belgium has drawn significant political support from Belgian members of
    parliament and prominent Belgian people, including Jean-Luc Dehaene,
    former Belgian Prime Minister and Member of the European Parliament. The
    blockade received the support of the local mayor and city council. The
    blockade also included 40 young people from 15 European countries. The
    blockade was organised to mark the 61st anniversary of the atomic bombing
    of the Japanese city of Nagasaki on 9th August 1945.

    The police, under the orders of the local mayor, refused to arrest the 100
    people who were present. The blockade effectively closed the three main
    gates of the base for 3 hours. No traffic passed in or out of the base
    during this time. The blockade included people from Austria, Belgium,
    Cyprus, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands,
    Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and Wales.

    Kleine Brogel airbase, in the east of Belgium, is home to 20 US nuclear
    weapons. Each of these bombs has an explosive power equivalent to 10 times
    the bomb which killed 74,000 people in Nagasaki on 9th August 1945. The
    United States bases an estimated 480 nuclear weapons in 6 countries across
    Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Turkey.

    In 1996, the International Court of Justice (the world’s highest legal
    body) issued a ruling that the use or threat of nuclear weapons would
    generally be illegal under the rules of international law.

    The blockade drew considerable support from Belgian mayors, many of whom
    are members of the international “Mayors for Peace” network, which calls
    for the global abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020. The Belgian
    members of parliament supporting the blockade are calling on the Belgian
    government to implement the resolutions passed last year in the Belgian
    Senate and House of Representatives, which demanded the withdrawal of US
    nuclear weapons from Belgium and Europe. The Belgian government has so far
    refused to act on these resolutions.

    David Heller, a participant in the blockade from England stated: “At a
    time when the world’s attention is focussed on the war in the Middle East,
    and the United States, France and Britain are all discussing modernising
    their nuclear weapons, it is important that people from around the world
    take a stand against nuclear weapons and against war. We have given a
    clear signal that we will not allow preparations for war crimes to
    continue in Belgium or anywhere else in the world.”

    The common statement of the youth participants in the blockade can be
    found at: http://www.motherearth.org/news/news.php?article=51

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