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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Pensioner jailed for peace demo
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¬†A 67 year-old woman was sent to Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling yesterday, after she refused to pay a fine for her part in an anti-nuclear protest. Ellen Moxley, from Dollar in Clackmannanshire, was one of 385 people arrested during a demonstration organised by the Trident Ploughshare campaign, at Faslane naval base last February. More than 1000 people, including many Catholic religious, priests and members of other Christian denominations and faiths, took part in the protest against Britain's deployment of Trident nuclear weapons. Ellen was tried, found guilty and fined £250 at Helensburgh District Court in August. The fine was transferred to her local court in Alloa. Yesterday the JP, Mrs.Cruikshank, handed out the two-week sentence after Ellen told her she was determined not to pay. Ellen said: "Even if our present weapons are never used, they are killing our world and our morality by their very presence, by their domination of so many of our resources, people money and land." Ellen is no stranger to prison. In 1999 she spent four months on remand in Cornton Vale after trying to disarm a barge used for nuclear research in Loch Goil, with Angie Zelter and Ulla Roder. The women, who became known as the 'Trident Three', were acquitted of all charges by Sheriff Margaret Gimblett at Greenock Sheriff Court in October that year. Campaigners plan to hold a further three-day blockade of the base on 11 February.
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