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The Nuclear Resister networks the anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance movement while acting as a clearinghouse for information about contemporary nonviolent resistance to war and the nuclear threat. Our emphasis is on support for the women and men jailed for these actions.  This blog is the online companion to the quarterly Nuclear Resister newsletter, a more comprehensive chronicle.

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Nuclear weapons convoy halted in Scotland, 3 activists arrested

Nukewatch UK photo

from Nukewatch UK
On November 16, a convoy carrying nuclear weapons was halted briefly by three members of Nukewatch UK as it left the Defence Support Group base in Stirling, near Bannockburn, in protest of the continued transport of Trident warheads on public roads and the risks that these pose to the community.

David Mackenzie, Jane Tallents and Janet Fenton safely brought the vehicles to a standstill as the convoy attempted to leave the base on their way from AWE Burghfield near Reading where warheads are assembled to RNAD Coulport near Helensburgh where the warheads are loaded onto submarines.  They were taken to a police station, charged with “obstructing the police” for not moving out of the road when asked, and later released.  The activists pointed out that they weren’t asked to leave the road, just shoved aside. 

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Anti-drone protester arrested blocking traffic into Beale Air Force Base

Occupy Beale photo

BEALE AFB/MARYSVILLE, CALIFORNIA – To draw attention to the 16th anniversary of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, northern California anti-drone activists expanded their protest to include three major commute gates at Beale Air Force Base on October 16 and 17. October 7 marked the 16th year since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, now the longest war in U.S. history.

One activist, Toby Blomé from the San Francisco area, was arrested while blocking early morning rush hour traffic into the Marysville, California drone base on Tuesday, October 17.  She was later cited and released, and faces federal trespass charges.  Scores of activists have been arrested at anti-drone protests at Beale Air Force Base over the past several years.

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Two activists arrested after mock drone attack blocks Creech drone base entrance

JoAnn Lingle being arrested

Report Back on Codepink Drone Resistance Week, October 5-12

by Toby Blomé
Our drone resistance presence at Creech Air Force Base this year was overshadowed by the tragic Las Vegas mass shooting incident just days before our arrival, that stole the lives of 59 innocent concert goers, injured hundreds more, and left thousands of witnesses changed for life.  All week long we contemplated and discussed as a group how we could thoughtfully tie in the senseless violence of the mass shooting event with the routine, intentional and well-disguised mass violence of U.S. foreign policy that occurs daily around the planet, to which few Americans give much thought.  We came from 5 states: Indiana, California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii, plus some Las Vegas locals, and Ruben, our courageous ally, who lives in Indian Springs, across the highway from Creech Air Force Base.  This key U.S. Reaper/Predator drone base is referred to by the U.S. military as “Home of the Hunters.”  Cecile Pineda wrote an excellent blog (here) about our week at Creech and the U.S. Air Force’s great pride in calling themselves “hunters.”  Hunting People???    

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British Reverend and Quaker activist found not guilty after trying to disarm BAE fighter jets headed for Yemen

  • Daniel and Sam with their lawyer

    Sam Walton and Rev. Daniel Woodhouse have been acquitted after breaking-in to BAE Systems factory to “disarm” Typhoon fighter jets.

  • BAE’s Typhoon fighter jets are being used by Saudi-led forces in the ongoing bombardment of Yemen
  • The UK has licensed £3.8 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began in March 2015
On the afternoon of October 26, Reverend Daniel Woodhouse and Sam Walton, a Quaker activist from London, were found not guilty at Burnley Magistrates Court, following their arrest for trying to disarm Typhoon fighter jets at BAE Systems’ site in Warton, Lancashire on 29 January 2017.
 Their aim had been to stop the jets, which had Saudi markings painted on them, from going to Saudi Arabia where they would be used to support the ongoing bombing of Yemen. Sam and Daniel successfully argued that their intention was to save innocent lives and prevent war crimes, by physically disabling the warplanes.

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Greenpeace activists arrested at French nuclear power plant action

Greenpeace France photo

Greenpeace activists enter French nuclear plant and set off fireworks near spent-fuel pool to show vulnerabilities
 
October 13, 2017

from The Japan Times
 
MOSELLE, FRANCE – Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack.

The anti-nuclear group, known for its daring and often spectacular publicity stunts, said the fireworks were set off at the foot of a spent-fuel pool — where nuclear plants store highly radioactive fuel rods that are removed from reactors after their use.

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Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

Mordechai Vanunu

by Kathy Kelly

October 14, 2017

Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs”  at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. His punishment for breaking the silence about Israel’s capacity to manufacture nuclear weapons included eleven years of solitary confinement.   

Yesterday, reading about President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Iran, Vanunu’s long isolation and sacrificial commitment to truth-telling came to mind.

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Seven arrested at Hancock drone base

 
from Upstate Drone Action

photo by Heriberto Rodriguez

Hancock Reaper Drone Base Entrance Blocked by Huge Dollar Signs Dripping with Blood

7 Arrested Delivering War Crimes Indictment to Hancock Reaper Drone Base

At 9 a.m. on Monday, September 25, seven members of the grassroots group Upstate Drone Action once again were arrested as they delivered a citizen’s war crime indictment to the chain of command at Hancock Air Force Base in New York.  Upstate Drone Action also placed a huge dollar sign [$] dripping with “blood” in the main entrance way to the base. The six-foot-high dollar sign dramatizes what the group believes determines the many overseas wars the Pentagon/CIA engages in: corporate greed. 

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French police raided House of Resistance in Bure, arrested two

Early on the morning of September 20, at least 150 French police were involved in raids on the House of Resistance in the small village of Bure and other activists’ residences. Dozens of police broke through the door at the house of Resistance to enter, and also forced their way into camp trailers and vehicles parked on the property to gain entrance. Residents were held for up to ten hours in the rooms or camp trailer where they were found, many asleep at the time.

At the same hour, fifteen police raided and searched an old railway station in Lumeville occupied by dump opponents, while three homes of activists in nearby Commercy and Mandres were also searched. Police acted on a warrant related to vandalism last June at an affiliated hotel/restaurant at the research center outside Bure. The identities of all who police encountered were recorded, while the entire contents of the office in Bure were seized as evidence, including a copy machine, computers, hard drives, phones, papers, books and other property. Similar property seizures took place during the other four raids.  Two people in Bure were taken into custody and to separate local police stations, then released later in the day.

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Week of resistance, more than 100 arrests, disrupts London arms fair

by the Nuclear Resister

Over one hundred people were arrested during a week of nonviolent direct actions challenging the world’s largest arms trade fair, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition held every two years in London.

Leading up to the arms bazaar opening on September 12, thousands of people joined in strategically coordinated actions that successfully disrupted the shipment of massive hardware and glitzy displays into the exhibition halls and pushed the set-up schedule back for days. Beginning September 4, each day of protest had a different theme, and campaigning groups across the broad Shut Down the Arms Fair coalition created actions to spotlight the connection between their work and the global arms trade. Daily blockades and multiple lock-downs at two gates created a logistical nightmare for delivery trucks while keeping teams of police occupied with cutting through metal and concrete locking devices or coaxing down banner-hangers dangling from an overpass. London police announced at least 102 arrests between September 4 and 11, and organizers report that protest continued through the duration of the exhibition and several more arrests were made. Most are charged with obstruction and summoned to court for first appearances in late September and early October.

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Clowns draw attention to French boycott of nuclear ban treaty

Clowns en marche for Nuclear France – photo by desobeir.net

On August 8, about fifteen “clowns-in-reverse” demonstrated in front of the headquarters of La République En Marche, the new political party of French President Macron. “We came to thank him, because the war is a lot better than the Treaty!” said the Chief of Staff of the Clown Armies. Under a super-sized inflated bomb, the clowns celebrated “Jupiterian France” for opposing with all its might the introduction of the international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. They were soon joined by some fifty men in blue who forcibly expelled the clowns from the building and detained them, recording their identities before they were released.

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