Police attempt to remove climate activists blocking nuclear base

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Police have begun trying to remove climate activists who have blockaded the Faslane nuclear base by attaching themselves to giant plant pots.

Members of Extinction Rebellion Scotland, alongside peace activists from Trident Ploughshares, are staging a protest at the north gate of the base on the Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute.

The all-female group placed three planters, which contain plants and flowers and are painted with the words “Safe”, “Green”, and “Future”, on the road on Friday morning.

An Extinction Rebellion protester is locked on to each planter so they cannot be moved, preventing access to the base, though emergency vehicles can still access the site through the south gate.

Protest at Faslane
The activists are locked to the planters (Extinction Rebellion Scotland/PA)

More than 15 campaigners are taking part but they are outnumbered by police officers who have erected screens as they attempt to remove the protesters.

As the police action began, demonstrators started singing.

Sarah Krischer, 28, an archaeologist and Extinction Rebellion Scotland activist, said: “Nuclear weapons are an existential threat to the entire world.

“Stockpiling weapons with the ability to wipe out all life in order to appear tough does nothing to keep either the UK or any other country safe.

Police and protesters at nuclear base
Police erected screens as they began attempts to remove protesters at Faslane (Douglas Barrie/PA)

“We must come together to build a safe, more just future for all.”

A protester who gave her name only as Catherine said she wanted the UK Government to “dismantle Trident”, adding “we want a future that is sustainable and safe and nukes just aren’t that.”

“I feel a lot of anger and fear but also a lot of love. I’m doing this because I don’t want to die, I want to protect the people I love, the people around me, and I want a safe, green future for them.”

HM Naval Base Clyde, known as Faslane, is home to the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

Extinction Rebellion said the action is part of the Peace Lotus campaign, a global day of anti-war resistance celebrating the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

XR protester
The protesters blocked the north gate of the naval base (Susanna Hotham/XR Scotland/PA)

“Police Scotland are in attendance and assisting Ministry of Defence Police in dealing with the activity.

“Well-established, fully co-ordinated procedures are in place to ensure the effective operation of HMNB Clyde is not compromised because of protest action.”

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