Thousands predicted to rally in George Square, Glasgow, for anti-Trident rally


THE organisers of an anti-Trident rally in Glasgow have predicted that thousands will gather in the city’s George Square.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Greens Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie MSP are among those who will address the crowd on April 4.

The demonstration, which includes a march round the city centre, is the first of three events organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition.

The Bairns Not Bombs Blockade of Faslane naval base is due to take place on 13th April followed by the “opportunity to Vote Trident Out in May”.

Speakers at the demonstration will include First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Phot) Tam McDonald
Speakers at the demonstration will include First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Phot) Tam McDonald


Also on the platform will be Labour MP Katy Clark, Cat Boyd from the Radical Independence Campaign, disability rights campaigner Sasha Callaghan, Nuala Watt, founder of Human Beings on Benefits, Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, STUC, and singers Karine Polwart and Penny Stone.

Backing for the demo has come from Edinburgh based hip hop group and 2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.

A Scrap Trident spokesperson said: “Recent surveys have shown that even within the major UK political parties which support Trident replacement there are many candidates who want the project abandoned.

“They will be under inordinate pressure, from whips and party loyalty itself, to soften or abandon their position.

“They can, however, be much strengthened by the presence in the new parliament of a large number of MPs from the genuinely anti-nuke parties, such as the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru.

“They can also reassure voters by signing the Scrap Trident Pledge, and thus committing themselves to vote ‘against Trident Replacement, at every available opportunity, even in defiance of my own party’s policy if necessary.’”

The demonstration will assemble from 10.30 a.m. in George Square, marching off at 11 a.m. and returning for the rally at noon.