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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Nuclear base protest arrests
A protester is arrested trying to cut through the perimeter fence
Protesters tried to cut through the fence
Sixteen people have been arrested at a demonstration outside the Trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane on the Clyde.

Around 100 demonstrators were campaigning against a High Court judgment which ruled that Britain's nuclear deterrent was not illegal.

Some protesters made attempts to cut their way through the perimeter fences at the submarine base.

A spokesman for campaign group Trident Ploughshares said the action was proof that the anti-nuclear movement was determined to bring an end to the weapons despite the legal setback.

Campaign poster
The campaigners say Trident is illegal
He said: "The message is that we are undeterred and are back with direct action. Our campaign will not stop until nuclear weapons are removed."

Three High Court judges ruled last week in the Court of Session in Edinburgh that nuclear weapons were not illegal.

The ruling followed the acquittal of three women peace campaigners in October 1999 of damaging a laboratory in an area of the Trident nuclear submarine installation at the Clyde naval base.

Greenock Sheriff Margaret Gimblett had accepted the women's argument that nuclear weapons were illegal under international law and that they had a right to commit crimes to prevent their use or deployment.

But Lords Prosser, Kirkwood and Penrose, ruled against her judgment.

Sheridan address

Eleven people were arrested after staging a protest against the ruling at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

Anti-nuclear campaign and Scottish Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan addressed the Faslane campaigners.

Mr Sheridan served five days in prison in December for non-payment of a fine relating to a protest at the base last year.

He was also arrested in February this year along with other prominent politicians and church leaders.

In total, 379 people were arrested.

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