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Anti - Trident Demo Support
MPs voted to renew the nuclear weapons programme by 472 votes to 117. A total of 58 MPs from Scotland voted against the renewal.
Now the local branch of the Scottish Green Party are calling on all who attended Saturday’s demo in East Kilbride to continue to work together to ensure nuclear weapons have no future in Scotland.
Those attending the town centre demo handed out leaflets and people were encouraged to write down alternative spending options for the £200 billion with suggestions ranged from housing, to the NHS, to education and public services.
Demo participants had also crafted a somewhat cheaper nuclear rocket, costing £1.75, covered with alternative spending plans and billed as ‘the only safe one in Scotland’.
Kirsten Robb of South Lanarkshire Greens said: “We were delighted to be joined on Saturday by people from at least four political parties as well as church groups, Radical Independence EK, other groups and concerned individuals.
"The diverse crowd were united in opposition to spending £200 billion plus on a new Trident programme. Trident missiles are weapons of mass destruction – there should be no place for them travelling around Lanarkshire’s roads, or being based here or anywhere in the world.”
She highlighted the opportunities for anti-Trident campaigners to work together again in the future.
“We saw on Saturday that there is still work to be done to raise awareness of the threat of nuclear weapons and how it does not meet the real security issues of today.
"Many people attending have been committed nuclear campaigners for some time and I know we’ll continue to do more events and outreach together in the coming months and years so Scotland can join the 127 other nations who have pledged to ban nuclear weapons.” she added.
SNP councillor Archie Buchanan who was among those taking part said: “It is always refreshing to meet people of several different political parties and others who are not, having their say against the renewal of Trident nuclear Weapons.
“It was crystal clear to me when talking to people at the bus station on Saturday that their opinion was these are weapons of mass destruction which are designed to be used against large populations, which in my view, and many other is totally unacceptable in any caring society.
“People in EK should remember that the nuclear base is only an hour away up the Clyde, as the South East of England won’t allow them to be stored in there country, as they are far too dangerous.”
The Rev John Brewster of Greenhills Parish Church was among the demonstrators.
He said: “For more than 30 years the Church of Scotland has deplored the use of nuclear weapons because of the potential scale and indiscriminate nature of their use on people and the environment. In fact, the Church declares them to be morally wrong and inherently evil.
This vote in the House of Commons is being rushed at a time when our country is in political turmoil.”