#Occupy EDF15thFeb

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The group South-West Against Nuclear (SWAN) are calling for an international day of action and occupation of EDF offices/facilities on Monday15th Febuary to demand that EDF withdraw from the Hinkley C project & give up their nuclear ambitions in the UK. On the following day, February 16th cash-strapped EDF will meet to decide whether to continue with their new nuclear plant at Hinkley C in Somerset or not. It could go either way.

The EDF occupations we are calling for on the 15th of February are part of the Groundswell year of action for climate justice. Justice that we believe is being denied by government collusion with the nuclear industry. Nuclear Power is not needed, clean reliable safe renewable energy is.

The Current Tory Government plans to heavily subsidize new nuclear while slashing support for renewables and denying them grid capacity, which is being reserved for future nuclear plants. The plans for Hinkley C have already skewed energy policy in the UK causing the government to withdraw support for safer cleaner technologies and community-owned energy projects through the electricity reform act.
But EDF still can’t afford to build Hinkley C without more financial support from the French govt, and we know that the EDF board is split over whether to proceed, with EDF unions heavily opposed. A decision by EDF to pull out now would leave a huge hole in the Tory’s energy plan of nuclear and gas. The field would then be wide open again for renewables – the only affordable, safe and democratic energy future we have.

This could be a decisive moment for all of us. By putting visible pressure on French state-owned EDF to drop Hinkley C we can highlight that it is not just people in Britain who are being made to pay, but French tax-payers too. This could tip the balance in France against the Hinkley C white elephant.

Help us by occupying EDF @ their shops, offices or other facilities, on Monday February 15th, Bring slogans in French as well as English, post pictures to social media use the Hashtag #OccupyEDF and spread the word. The red line theme that has been used throughout the COP talks will be a welcome inclusion for anyone that wants to!

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EDF workers in France know that this ill-fated project could take EDF down, with the company threatening to raid it’s nuclear decommissioning ‘nest-egg’ in order to finance the Hinkley Deal.
We have a message for the EDF board – Safe Clean Affordable Energy is our number one priority – pull the plug on the doomed HPC project before it bleeds any more billions away, bankrupts EDF, and wrecks the UK’s renewable future.

You can find more information at http://www.southwestagainstnuclear.wordpress.com or on FB OccupyEDF15thFeb

Here are some addresses of EDF facilities:

48-50 High Street Leiston IP16 4EU (sizewell)

West Burton Power Station, Retford DN22 9BL

E D F Energy 19-20 Angel Place Shopping Centre BRIDGWATER TA6 3TQ

E D F Energy 50-52 Cross Keys The Broadway CRAWLEY RH10 1HB

E D F Energy 50-52 Cross Keys The Broadway CRAWLEY RH10 1HB

E D F Energy Nuclear Electric plc Barnett Way Barnwood GLOUCESTER GL4 3RS

E D F Energy 237 Southwark Bridge Road LONDON SE1 6NP

Edf Energy London Eye Riverside Building County Hall Westminster Bridge Road LONDON SE1 7PB

E D F Energy Leisure 135 Footscray Road LONDON SE9 2SY

E D F Energy 90 Whitfield Street LONDON W1T 4EZ

EDF Trading Limited 80 Victoria St SW1E 5JL

E D F Energy 40 Grosvernor Place London, SW1Z 7EN

E D F Energy plc Osprey House Osprey Road Sowton Industrial Estate

EXETER EX2 7WN

E D F Energy 334 Outland Road PLYMOUTH PL3 5TU

 

 

 

 

 

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New Video! – Manchester March against Austerity

A short fim of footage from the recent march against austerity at the Tory Party (aka nasty party) Conference. Filmed and Produced by Pradeep Indulkar – Many thanks Pradeep! 😉

Day 1 round up

After serving us with papers asking us to leave by 17:00 on Monday (which of course we didn’t) EDF came to talk to us yesterday think they realised that on this particular occasion with the #ChineseStateVisit  & all of the talk about China’s human rights records that it might not look too good for them evicting us…. So they agreed we can stay till Thursday unless something changes…like a visit from the Chinese President perhaps?

A Panorama picture of the old nukes the trashed Somerset AONB & the protest camp

A Panorama picture of the old nukes the trashed Somerset AONB & the protest camp

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New Video! – #OsbornesNRGfolly Nikki Clark with I TV

Nikki Clark being interviewed by ITV we know they wont have put it all up so we will…

New Video! – #OsbornesNRGfolly Theo

Theo Simon being interviewed by ITV about the #OsbornesNRGfolly occupation no doubt ITV won’t have put the whole interview out but we will!

Day 1

So Day 1 is done, hope the Chinese President is getting our message!

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#OsbornesNRGfolly

So a few of us have decided to #ocupy #edf development site to say no to #chinese investment in the #HinkleyC white elephant we want to tell the Chinese president to stick their money  into #renewables – you know it makes sense ..

Check out Live stream feed here: OsbornesNRGfolly

Our message to China

Our message to China

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High Power Film Director arrives in UK

After being severely delayed by British Border agencies despite having a Visa to visit the UK, Pradeep Indulkar arrived in the UK this week to kick off his mini-tour of the UK, we’ve set up a dedicated page on our website so you can see where there is a screening of his films in a community near you.

Here is the link:

https://southwestagainstnuclear.wordpress.com/high-power-tour/

please check it out!

What to do when your government is organising war crimes….

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/story/2015-09-08/two-anti-nuclear-protesters-appear-in-court/

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On Tuesday 8th September Nikki Clark & Theo Simon were cleared of aggravated trespass at St Levens dock at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, where they had disrupted illegal work on Trident Nuclear Weapons system in July last year.

Why were they cleared? because the Crown Prosecution Services case against them had more holes than a colander. Having spent a more than a year being subject to very restricitive bail conditions the two activists had prepared a case against the lawfulness of Trident and the neccessity of their actions which was all heard during the one day trial in Plymouth.

During the trial the court, media & members of the public heard about why Trident is illegal under International Humanitarrean Law, Customary International Law and under the Geneva convention which was adopted into UK domestic law in the early 2000s.

Part of the Geneva convention is the principle of distinction – any weapon or weapons system needs to be able to distinguish between combatants and non-combatants, due to the nature of the Trident weapons system there is no way that a 100 Kiloton warhead can distinguish between combatants and non-combatants (By the way just one Trident submarine is able to carry up to 48 of these individual warheads at any given time).

Both Theo & Nikki have spent a significant number of years trying to raise these issues through every democratic channel available to them, They’ve signed petitions, attended demos, written letters, written songs! They’ve even gone to their local constabulary and asked the police to investigate the crime of nuclear weapons possession.

The high court judge Lord Hoffman in the court of appeal ruling on Regina vs Jones (Monica Jones smashed up British Bombers so that they couldn’t go to Iraq to bomb civilians). Hoffman was scathing about protestors using direct action to affect change and to bring these issues into the court arena insisting that the democratic means available to ordinary people are sufficient and to leave criminal matters to the police to deal with.

So how were the concerns of the large group of people who reported Trident as a crime to the police treated? Were they taken seriously? You would hope so wouldn’t you?

Some of the reporters experiences were that the police didn’t take it very seriously and behaved far differently to when a more ordinary crime is reported, no details or statments were asked for and no crime reference number given.

Over two months later Nikki  (who was one of the reporters) still hadn’t heard back from the police. It was at this point in a situation of escalating international tensions, when she was moved to take the actions for which she has just been tried. In fact it took over a year before she got any answers from the police. Did they contact her to communicate the results of their investigation? No. She had to chase them up for a reply.

So what did they have to say? They claimed that the threshold for a state crime had not been met (whatever that means) and that we’ll have to wait until the government uses Trident to find out (retrospectively) if that use was legal.

Honestly.

Talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. At this point we’ll be lucky to have a judiciary to try such a case. At this point, 15 million people will have been incinerated and no doubt some form of retaliatory attack will be well under way.All 8 of our Nuclear so-called power stations would likely be struggling with issues of either losing access to the grid or being targetted by retaliatory attacks themselves. So you can see the problem with waiting for a ruling on the legality of Nuclear weapons until after they’ve been used can’t you?

The Nuremburg trials were unequivocal about the duty of citizens to stop their governments or state actors engaging in war crimes:

“Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience”
Judge Jackson on the Goering case in 1946.

So where next for citizens wishing to rid the country of illegal nuclear weapons?  In the one significant ruling in Scotland the Government rushed in the attorney general & scottish procurator fiscal to undermine the ruling that cleared three women of Trident Ploughshares of any wrong-doing when they threw Trident related equipment into Loch Goil

The criminal justice system in this particular so-called democracy are failing thus far to take seriously these concerns.

A campaign is about to be launched to bring private prosecutions against the secretary for defence for posessing these illegal weapons. I wonder if in this context the courts will fare any better in bringing justice to this criminally unjust state?

And just what are the mysterious thresholds for investigating a state crime that the police alluded to in their letters about Trident?

More will be revealed in the fullness for time. For now though we will celebrate that a committed anti-Trident politician has been selected with a land-slide majority to be the new leader of the labour party. At last a political climate is coming in which we can talk about the illegality of Trident and the immorality of Nuclear weapons as a whole.

(Below are some links that you can explore to learn more about these issues)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/jan/22/law.jurytrials

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-corporate_crime

http://statecrime.org/

http://statecrime.org/state-crime-research/skewed-narratives-and-civil-resistance-against-the-arms-trade-in-the-uk/