Taking Action ... Scotland For Peace v UK Government

Protesters: Scotland For Peace Target: UK Government Location: Edinburgh Date: 13 March

Anti nuclear protest
Anti nuclear protest


The lowdown

About 1,000 people took part in an anti-nuclear protest called 'Cut Trident Not Jobs' and organised by campaign group Scotland For Peace. The march began outside the Scottish Parliament and continued down the Royal Mile to Grassmarket, where speeches were made by high-profile figures including First Minister Alex Salmond.

Why the protest?

The UK government is planning to replace the Trident nuclear system, which is based at the Faslane Naval Base on the River Clyde. The current system is due to expire by 2024, but organisers of the march believe the cost of updating and replacing the current system is at the expense of public sector jobs and services. Salmond said: 'The Scottish Government completely opposes the replacement of the Trident system and the dumping of deadly nuclear weapons in Scotland.'

How did the Government respond?

The UK Government was not quoted in the main news pieces about the event.

How did the media cover it?

Key target media including the BBC.co.uk, The Press Association and Edinburgh Evening News covered the protest. The SNP also released a press statement that said: 'SNP Leader Alex Salmond led a march against Trident through Edinburgh and told the crowd that only a vote for the SNP was a vote against Trident.'

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