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Sunday, 11 March, 2001, 22:42 GMT
Women protesters arrested at Faslane
French naval frigate
The frigate was moored near Faslane naval base
Ministry of Defence police have arrested seven women protesters who chained themselves to a French Navy Frigate near Faslane Naval Base.

The women cut through the wire surrounding a MoD fuel depot on the Clyde at around 0600GMT on Sunday.

They unfurled a banner reading: "Women of the world unite for a world without war".

Protesters at Faslane naval base
Two women peace protesters secured themselves to the frigate
Three were immediately detained whilst four gained access to the French Navy Frigate berthed just outside the Faslane Base.

An MoD spokesman denied that security measures at the depot were insufficient, but did concede levels were less stringent than at the base itself.

The activists said they were protesting against the "global machine which is conspiring to spread its power through fear and violence".

In February politicians and church ministers were among 379 people arrested following a similar protest outside the naval base.

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