Thousands protest against Trident plans

Thousands of anti-nuclear protesters yesterday staged a noisy demonstration at the headquarters of the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said people from across the UK joined the protest at Aldermaston in Berkshire. Organisers said the turnout sent a strong message to the government that the public wanted the Trident nuclear programme to be scrapped.

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CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said: “The British people know that £100 billion spent on building a Cold War weapons system is £100bn stolen from the coffers of other vital public needs. That is why a majority oppose Trident replacement.”