Anti-nuclear activists plan 'die-in' at Westminster Abbey

By agency reporter
May 3, 2019

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has confirmed it will go ahead with protests against a Royal Navy thanksgiving service to mark 50 years of Britain's Continuous At Sea Deterrent at Westminster Abbey today (3 May 2019).

Bruce Kent, CND vice-president and former Catholic Priest, said: “Two hundred Anglican clerics have publicly condemned the service – in their view it should not go ahead because it is at odds with church policy to “work tirelessly” for a world free of nuclear weapons. I think they’re right and the Abbey has got this very wrong.”

CND spokesperson Kate Hudson said: "Despite huge opposition from clergy and the public, it looks like this morally repugnant service will go ahead.

"We will be there to say its never okay to celebrate weapons that would kill millions if they were used."

Actor Samuel West said on social media: “I thought this was a joke. An Onion headline. It’s real.”

The service is billed as a “National Service of Thanksgiving to mark 50 years of the Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD)” 

At least 5000 letters of opposition were sent from members of the public to the Dean of Westminster and the Defence Secretary, according to CND lobby tool figures.

A ‘die-in’ will take place at 12 noon alongside a vigil organised by Christian CND. At 1pm, a CND rally with speeches from Brian Eno, Bianca Jagger and Bruce Kent will begin as the service comes to an end.

* Christian CND

* Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament


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