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AWE Aldermaston

Das Europäische Antimilitaristische Netzwerk hilft, eine Atomwaffenfabrik zum Stillstand zu bringen

Construction gate blockadedConstruction gate blockadedAm Montag, den 2. März, standen Mitglieder des Europäischen Antimilitaristischen Netzwerks und hunderte Aktivistinnen von den britischen Inseln früh auf und bereiteten sich auf eine Blockade der Atomwaffenfabrik in Burghfield (Atomic Weapons Establishment -AWE) vor, dem „Burghfield Lockdown“.

Seven-mile scarf unfurled between nukes factories as thousands oppose Trident

A seven-mile pink scarf knitted by over 5,000 people from around Britain and beyond has been unfurled between the Atomic Weapons Establishments (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire. The knitters are calling on Parliament not to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system when the decision comes up in 2016.

Ein Aufruf zur Aktion am AWE Burghfield 26. August bis 7. September 2013

Foto: Zoe BroughtonFoto: Zoe Broughton

Angie Zelter

m Jahre 2016 wird die Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs (UK) die endgültige Entscheidung treffen, ein neues Atomwaffensystem als Ersatz für das jetzige Trident-System (http://actionawe.org/the-trident-system/) zu bauen. Die Atom-U-Boote, die Trident tragen, werden alt. Deshalb hat die Regierung versprochen, die Verträge zum Ersatz derselben 2016 fertigzumachen, damit eine neue Generation von Atomwaffen zu einem geschätzten Preis von £76–100 Milliarden gebaut werden kann. Das ist mehr als die zur Zeit geplanten Kürzungen der Staatsausgaben von £81 Milliarden. Wenn die Verträge geschlossen werden, werden die Atomköpfe im AWE Aldermaston und Burghfield in Berkshire konstruiert und gebaut, ungefähr 50 Meilen westlich von London ( http://actionawe.org/awe-burghfield-maps-gates/ ).

Trident Ploughshares and Action AWE declare blockade of AWE Burghfield a success

September 2, 2013: Activists from all over Europe today blockaded the two gates of AWE Burghfield, starting at 5:15am. For almost an hour, all vehicle access to AWE Burghfield was blocked, until police cleared a lock-on blockade of six Finnish activists on The Mearings to the south of the main gate. Later, a blockade of Scottish activists and another blockade of Belgian activists were cleared to the east of AWE Burghfield, near construction gate. Up to the time of writing, 22 activists have been arrested by police, and one blockade on The Mearings leading to the main gate of AWE Burghfield is still in place.

Nuclear Weapons and Militarisation in the UK

Militarisation in the UK generally

'Militarisation' means the ways in which the presence and approaches of the military (typically state armed forces and Defence Ministries) are normalised in a society. Military solutions are prioritised, and the military is privileged in various ways.

A society has to be militarised for a government to justify the development and maintenance of nuclear weapons to its citizens; militarisation creates a culture of acceptance. It popularises military euphemisms such as 'Defence', 'Security', and – particularly relevant to nuclear weapons – 'deterrant', and makes it hard to for those challenging these to be seen as credible.

AWE Aldermaston Opened For Disarmament By Christian Peace Activists

From left to right: Chris Cole, Fr Martin Newell, Susan ClarksonFrom left to right: Chris Cole, Fr Martin Newell, Susan ClarksonThree Christian peace activists were arrested at AWE Aldermaston after opening the base for disarmament. The three, Fr. Martin Newell (43), Passionist priest from the London Catholic Worker, Susan Clarkson (63) of the Oxford Catholic Worker, and Chris Cole (47) also from Oxford , cut a doorway into the outer fence of nuclear base. They group then attached a sign saying ‘Open for Disarmament: All Welcome’.

Nuclear weapons and nuclear power in Britain

This is a clickable map of past, present, and planned nuclear power stations in Britain, plus important sites of Britain's nuclear weapons programme.

This map is based on OpenStreetMap, and uses OpenLayers for placing of the icons. You can click on an icon to see more information. You can also zoom in and out (see zoombar on the left), or move around on the map.

Frauen, Männer und Atomwaffen

Während der Frauenblockade im Rahmen der Blockade von AWE Aldermaston am 15. Februar 2010. Photo: Cynthia CockburnWährend der Frauenblockade im Rahmen der Blockade von AWE Aldermaston am 15. Februar 2010. Photo: Cynthia CockburnAm Montag, den 15. Februar, wurde eines der sieben Tore während der Großen Blockade der Atomwaffenfirma in Aldermaston, Berkshire, allein durch Frauen blockiert. Eine Planungsgruppe von ca. 10 Frauen hatte sich getroffen, um das "Tor der Frauen" zu organisieren.

Aldermaston Blockade, 15 February 2010 (video)

On 15 February 2010, more than 800 activists from Britain and all over Europe blockaded the nuclear weapon factory AWE Aldermaston in Berkshire, England.


Video of the Aldermaston blockade on 15 February 2010.

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