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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Granny jailed for Hiroshima Day protest
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¬†A 72 year-old grandmother was given a seven day sentence in Helensburgh District Court yesterday, for refusing to pay a fine of £150 for her part in a blockade of a nuclear weapons depot organised by the Trident Ploughshare campaign on Hiroshima Day, 6 August, last summer. Joan Meredith, from Malpas in Cheshire, is a retired teacher of deaf children, who has never been to jail before. She explained in court: "I feel that paying this fine would be an admission that my action in trying to prevent these terrible weapons of mass destruction was a crime". Her fine was imposed for breach of the peace for sitting down in the gateway of the Coulport Armaments Depot on the shores of Loch Long in Scotland, where nuclear warheads are loaded on to Britain's Trident submarines. When offered time to think over her decision, Joan Meredith quietly told the judge "There is no point - I will not pay, whatever you decide". More than 170 people, including representatives from several churches, were arrested in another demonstration at the base in October. Catholic MP George Galloway will be tried in Helensburgh District Court tomorrow (Wednesday) on a charge of breach of the peace for his part in demonstrations at Faslane in February. A spokesperson from Trident Ploughshares said: "The real focus of all this should not be the imagined wrongdoing of hundreds and hundreds of peaceful protesters - it should be the real crime being committed by the British state - the illegal preparations behind the razor wire at Faslane for genocidal warfare on innocent civilians."
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