Activists have set up a blockade at the Faslane nuclear base on the Clyde by attaching themselves to plant pots.
The group placed three plant pots painted with the words “Safe”, “Green”, and “Future”, on the road this morning.
☮️ 🌸 PEACE LOTUS 🌸 ☮️
Solidarity with our global community
🌏 🕊 🌏 🕊 🌏 🕊 🌏 🕊
Between the 1st and 30th April, activist groups around the world are highlighting the links between war & ecocide under a campaign called 'Peace Lotus'#SafeGreenFuture #WarIsEcocide pic.twitter.com/5eUJ6Oba8Y
— Extinction Rebellion Scotland 🌍 (@ScotlandXr) April 30, 2021
Extinction Rebellion Scotland tweeted that the action was part of the Peace Lotus campaign which they describe as a “global day of anti-war resistance celebrating the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War”.
A spokesperson for HMNB Clyde said:
“Well-established, fully co-ordinated procedures are in place to ensure the effective operation of HMNB Clyde is not compromised because of protest action.”
What is HMNB Clyde?
HMNB Clyde, also known as Faslane, is the second largest single-site employer in Scotland, after the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Faslane is one of the Royal Navy’s three main operating bases, alongside HMNB Devonport and HMNB Portsmouth. It is best known as the home of the UK’s four Vanguard-class nuclear-armed submarines which carry Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles. It also includes Royal Naval Arms Depot Coulport, where the nuclear werapons are stored.
All Royal Navy submarines will soon be based on the Clyde at Faslane, seeing the number of people directly employed at the base rising to 8,200.