Letter: Struggle continues

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Struggle continues

Sir: Anne Treneman ("The missiles have gone. The bombers have gone. So why haven't the women of Greenham Common gone with them?" 1 August) gives the impression that the Greenham Common peace camp women are alone in their protest. Faslane peace camp, established around 20 years ago adjacent to Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland, is stronger than ever, despite a recent eviction order granted to Argyll and Bute Council, under whose jurisdiction the camp now falls.

The protesters are well organised, and prepared to meet any attempts to evict them with strong, non-violent resistance, including lock-ons, tunnels and tree defences, although a meeting between the council and the camp is being organised in an attempt by the council to reach a compromise.

The assertion by Katrine from Greenham Common that "when people ask: why are you still here? I say: Why do we still have nuclear weapons?" is doubly true at Faslane, where Trident missiles are really "in yer face" and radioactive leaks from ageing nuclear submarines are common.

Top secret military convoys carrying nuclear warheads travel regularly up and down the country between Burghfield in Berkshire and Trident nuclear bases in Scotland, usually travelling through Glasgow on the way.

The protesters at Faslane have signed a pledge with other nuclear protesters and environmental and anti-nuclear groups to continue direct action tactics against Trident and Faslane nuclear base until the Ministry of Defence agrees to disarm the nuclear submarines.

Far from being "part of history", Faslane peace camp is in the front line of protest against the nuclear threat to our environment and our children.