Campaigners for nuclear disarmament gathered outside Nottingham’s Council house to protest about Westminster Abbey’s nuclear celebration. They were horrified by the Church of England’s decision to commemorate weapons of mass destruction.
The service that took place on Friday 3rd May recognised “fifty years of continuous at sea deterrent”. The Royal Navy is also planning a number of events later this year, to celebrate the patrols of submariners since 1969.
Many of the protesters believe that the the celebration contradicts the Church of England’s policy to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
“I think it goes against the church sYNOD’S AGREEMENT TO SIGN UP TO THE the global nuclear ban”
BARBARA COULSON, PROTESTER, CAMPAIGN FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
Another protester is Don Lane who fears “that if there is an accident or a miscalculation and a nuclear weapon is dispatched then it is going to cause extermination and destruction on a massive scale”.
According to the campaign group, many people are scared that the country would not recover from such destruction and there would not be enough hospitals to deal with the amount of casualties.
Protesters are saying “no thanks to Trident” the nuclear programme that covers the development, procurement and operation of nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom.
They also believe that the Abbey’s service is sending out a terrible message to the world, saying that Britain is a place that celebrates weapons in a place of worship.
Malcom Bradstock- campaigner for nuclear disarmament
Other protests also took place outside the Abbey during the service and nearly 200 Anglican clergy had signed a letter for the event to be cancelled.
The United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017.
CND estimates that the lifetime cost of replacing Trident stands at an eye-watering £205bn.
In 1998, the Abbey unveiled 10 statues to “modern martyrs”, many being men and women who had given their lives in nonviolent struggle for peace and justice. One of these is the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
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