TWO protesters have joined fellow activists travelling from Powys to Scotland as part of the anti-nuclear movement.

Local XR (Extinction Rebellion) Peace campaigners Kim Holroyd and Angie Zelter joined a group of peace activists from Bristol who are taking a large Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) symbol up to Scotland. The symbol, travelling on a trailer, stopped off in Knighton on Tuesday, June 7, on its way to Scotland, as part of a two-week long series of action opposing nuclear power and the UK’s use of it.

A Faslane Action for Bomb Ban (FABB) protest left Bristol on Monday and called via Powys on its way to the Rosneath Peninsula for a ‘disarmament week of actions against nuclear threats’.

Events are planned from June 6-18, with the protest arriving at the Knighton Community Centre on Tuesday.

Kim and Angie joined the convoy on their journey to Peaton Wood near Coulport, where the Royal Naval Armaments Depot is based.

Kim, from Ludlow, and veteran campaigner Angie, aged 71, from Knucklas, are protesting about the exchange of nuclear threats between NATO and Russia. They are due to arrive in Glasgow today and will then make their way to Coulport where the UK’s nuclear warheads are stored. They will camp there for 10 days and protest at both Coulport and Faslane (where the UK’s nuclear submarines are based, and which have recently been joined by more from the USA and France).

“Threatening mass murder with these awful nuclear weapons is not only illegal and criminal but puts the whole world in danger,” said Angie.

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“To do it at a time when the majority of the world community are meeting in Vienna to implement the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is shameful. I am going to Faslane and Coulport to engage in non-violent civil resistance against all nuclear weapons and to show that this is not being done in my name.”

Kim added: “Recent events make it abundantly clear that nuclear weapons pose a very real threat in our politically destabilised world.

“Nuclear weapons do not address the newly emerging threats relevant to the 21st century and divert a staggering amount of human and financial resources so desperately needed elsewhere to address social and climate issues.

“Without the UK being present at a meeting of over 60 countries in Vienna from June 21-23, the UK will have no voice in discussions about global nuclear weapon disarmament. Our coalition of peace groups at Faslane will draw attention to the UK's need to abolish nukes and join other countries who have already agreed to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

“Our government must not boycott these talks.”

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