3 Catholic Workers Arrested after Break-in to AWE Aldermaston
Three Christian peace activists were arrested at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston after opening the base for disarmament. The three, Fr.Martin Newell (43), Passionist Priest from the London Catholic Worker, Susan Clarkson (63) of the Oxford Catholic Worker, and Chris Cole (47) father of three - also from Oxford, cut a doorway into the outer fence of nuclear base. The group then attached a sign saying ‘Open for Disarmament: All Welcome'. The three then entered the base, through the new gateway knelt and prayed.
In a statement the three said: “We come to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston to open a new gateway into this tightly guarded factory of death. We come inspired by the message of Jesus to love our enemies, to be peacemakers and to live act nonviolently at all times. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the first act of nuclear disarmament, the ‘Ploughshares 8' and we act, inspired by that spirit of disarmament. We believe that AWE Aldermaston and its extensive and expensive new development programme needs to be exposed for what it is: a factory for the creation of weapons of mass destruction which have the power to destroy this beautiful world, given to us by God, our loving creator, to care and tend.
The three were released from custody at 9 pm. They return to court in December. Prosecution are exploring charges of criminal trespass under SOCPA and a charge of criminal damage. Related Link: http://londoncatholicworker.org
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