More than a hundred anti-nuclear protesters been arrested at the Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde.
Submarines at Faslane are equipped with Trident missiles
Police used cutting equipment to remove some demonstrators who had linked
themselves together with plastic pipes.
The protesters are calling for the nuclear base to be closed and are accusing the government of hypocrisy over weapons of mass destruction.
Former chairman of CND Bruce Kent was among those arrested as protesters sat
down outside the north gate and refused to move.
Scores of demonstrators, many carrying placards and waving flags, had arrived
at the base, the home of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines, at 0700 BST.
The Big Blockade Rally, organised by anti-nuclear weapons group Trident
Ploughshares, aimed to disrupt the base by attempting to prevent workers from
Tigger MacGregor, a spokeswoman for Trident Ploughshares, said the aim of the
demonstration was to maximise disruption at the base.
She said: "That's why some of the demonstrators are wearing plastic piping,
it makes it harder for the police to move them away from the area.
Obviously these people have a right to
express their feelings but our workers have an equal right to come to work
"It maximises disruption and it allows the blockade to continue as long as
A spokesman for Strathclyde police said 135 people were arrested and that the force had been well prepared for the
He said: "Months of planning have gone into getting ready for today's
demonstration and there have been meetings between both sides in advance.
"They know what to expect from us and we know what to expect from them, so
far everything has gone as planned and there has been no surprises."
The protest was disruptive for workers arriving at the base.
However, three coach-loads of workers were able to get into the site.
A Faslane base spokeswoman said: "Obviously these people have a right to
express their feelings but our workers have an equal right to come to work.
"Some of our workers have taken an extra day off as Easter holidays or are
working from home.
"But the protest is disruptive for our workers and people trying to get into