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16 March 2007

Diary of a Witness - preview

Last week we reported on the final large Quaker blockade before the Trident vote in parliament, which will have taken place by the time you get your Friend. Some of those who took part describe the experience

Ten days before the debate about Trident in Parliament, Friends gathered outside the gates of Faslane
  • Many were from Yorkshire but some came from further afield and some were local 'veterans'

  • Amongst us were civil servants, probation officers, students, architects, teachers, poets, brushmakers and tax consultants; ages from sixteen to seventy-five
  • We were joined by a group of journalism students from Huddersfield University, who practised their interview techniques on some of us

  • The previous evening we had been well prepared by discussion and role-play for what might happen
  • There was some uncertainty about police tactics, which had varied in the past few weeks
  • It was heartening to meet people from the Peace Camp, keeping the flame of protest burning, week in, week out

  • Jane Pearn, Gerard Benson, & Diane and Nick Francis

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