CHRISTIANS were among a group of anti-nuclear activists who
briefly blockaded an entrance to an atomic-weapons site in
Berkshire on Monday to protest against Britain's nuclear
Eight members of Action AWE lay down in front of the Atomic
Weapons Establishment in Burghfield for four hours on Monday
morning, preventing lorries' accessing the site and causing traffic
to build up on the road outside.
One of the activists, Andrew Dey, from London, said that the
action sought to hold up work that had begun in preparation for
potentially replacing Trident.
"We think that rather than [replace Trident] we should disarm
Trident and scrap nuclear weapons, and become a nuclear-free
state," he said. "If we want to live in a world of peace and
justice, we have to be ready to go to the place of real
Another protester, Joanna Frew, said: "If God is a God of
creation, then nuclear weapons are the complete opposite of that.
We have to do everything in faith and prayer to be co-creators with
God, and not let destruction and fear be part of our society."
Police were called to the protest, but none of the activists was
arrested. Mr Dey said that non-violent direct action would continue
until the 2015 election.
After the 2010 election, the Coalition agreed to defer until
2016 the decision whether to build a new nuclear deterrent when
Trident reaches the end of its life in the 2020s.
The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, last year
criticised the Government's review of Trident for not addressing
the ethical basis of having nuclear weapons (News, 19 July
Bishop Platten said that the Government had yet to demonstrate
how a nuclear deterrent would add to the nation's security.