Bristol activists join successful Nuclear Bomb Factory blockade
Bristol & SW activists join successful Nuclear Bomb Factory blockade
A group of around thirty people used cars to block all entrances to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Burghfield, Berkshire (Monday 9th June 2014). Beginning just before 7.00am, they locked themselves to the cars and to each other. The base was at a complete standstill for five hours, with no traffic entering the site through any entrance.
Although there have been protests at the site in the past, this is the first time that an unannounced protest has blocked access via all three roads. Protests at the site have escalated in recent months, as Britain gets closer to a general election that could determine the future of Trident.
Two people were arrested as police forcibly cleared one of the entrances at around 11.00am. The blockade began just before 7.00am and finished around noon.