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Naming of the Dead and Blockade of the Faslane Naval Base

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Naming of the Dead at the Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

Blockade of the Faslane Naval Base

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Naming of the Dead at the Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

On the evening of Sunday, July 3, the Stop the War Coalition organised a moving Naming of the Dead at the Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Ordinary citizens, young and old, as well as political figures and well known personalities, such as Billy Bragg and Julie Christie, took turns in a steady stream to read the names of children, women, soldiers and others who have been killed in the war and occupation of Iraq. Many denounced Bush and Blair and called that they should be accountable for their crimes.

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Blockade of the Faslane Naval Base

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During Monday, July 4, an all day blockade of the Faslane Naval Base, which houses Britain's fleet of Trident nuclear submarines took place. The blockade was already a victory when the authorities had decided not to ask the civilian staff of the base to come in to work on that day. There are two main gates, North and South, and two other entrance gates, used for the base's oil depot, and all were blockaded during working hours. The blockade took place in a colourful and socially responsible atmosphere, while there were an enormous number of police in reserve as well as the ranks guarding the gates.

The media, however, concentrated on an anarchist demonstration in Edinburgh, which involved significantly fewer people. Thus the authorities hyped this demonstration, highlighting some quite insignificant incidents of violence. At the same time, it had the effect of diverting attention from other events, and the media responded as though it had been the work of provocateurs.

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