VALENTINE's DAY BLOCKADE OF
TRIDENT SUBMARINE BASE
February 14, 2000
Over 400 protesters blockaded the gates at the Argyll Trident submarine base on the River
Clyde in Scotland on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2000. More than 150 protesters were
arrested as they tried stop work at the complex where Britain's Trident submarines are
based. Among the arrested were Scottish MSP Tommy Sheridan and Green MEP Caroline Lucas.
Messages of support have come from across the world and from many individuals,
including actress Emma Thomson and author Kurt Vonnegut
The action followed an historic ruling on 21st October when Sheriff Margaret Gimblett
instructed the jury to acquit three protesters for malicious and wilful damage on the
grounds that the Trident system was illegal
Protestor Helen Steven noted that "The UK is breaking international law at the
moment by having these weapons here. So we're here to say it's got to stop."
Further information from Trident Ploughshares website: http://www.gn.apc.org/tp2000/