AWE campaigners unveil seven-mile protest scarf

Campaigners unfurl their seven-mile scarf

Campaigners unfurl their seven-mile scarf

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS who are calling for an end to nuclear weapons took an unusual approach to get their message across – unfurling a seven-mile pink scarf between the AWE sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield.

The gigantic scarf is the result of the Wool Against Weapons initiative, which was the idea of Angie Zelter and Jaine Rose, and is backed by Action AWE and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

The campaign saw people from across the world pick up their knitting needles and create sections of the pink scarf over the course of several months.

The sections, which have been displayed individually in towns across the UK, were linked together for the seven-mile stretch.

Hundreds of protestors held the scarf aloft, before taking part in a two-minute silence to remember those killed by nuclear weapons.

It is the latest demonstration against the Trident nuclear weapons system at AWE, which is the site of increasingly frequent protests. Miss Zelter, who is also the co-founder of Action AWE, said: “This is just the start of people's mobilisation.

“People have to act because the Government won’t disarm without people in their thousands taking to the streets.

“Many who have been knitting this scarf are now preparing to join the month of action at AWE in March next year, weeks before a general election that could determine the future of Trident.”

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