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Hiroshima day: arrests at Aldermaston

planting at AWE Nine gardeners were arrested and taken to Newbuy police station were they were held overnight and were expected to appear at a brief court hearing this morning.

On the previous day (Thursday, 4 August), the gardeners had planted a vine and a fig tree outside the main gate of AWE Aldermaston and informed the authorities of their intention to return and continue the peaceful conversion of the base.

In a public statement issued by the nine, they said:

"On the 60th anniversary of the bombings of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we come to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, UK, to plant vines and fig trees."

"They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Instead, everyone shall sit underneath their vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid." (Micah 4:3)

"Disarmament, economic conversion and nonviolence are vital ingredients for creating a just world in which everyone enjoys the earth's abundance.In these fearful, suspicious times, we invite people all around the world to transform military bases into gardens of peace in which beauty and life shall flourish."

The Vine and Fig Tree Planters Sr Susan Clarkson (England), Orla Cunningham (Ireland), Stephen Hancock (England), Per Herngren (Sweden), Mike Hutchinson (England), Barbara Smedema (Netherlands), Treena Lenthall (Australia), Martin Smedjeback (Sweden), Thomas Helgeson (Sweden), Les Gibbons (England), Lizzie Jones (England).

Photographs and further information are available via the link below.