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U.K.: THOUSANDS IN "SIT-DOWN" PROTEST AGAINST POLARIS SUBMARINE BASE.

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London was the setting for a massive anti-nuclear Exit-down" demonstration Feb 18, Organized by Earl Bertrand Russell's "civil disobedience" campaign - the "Committee of 100" - nearly 4000 people sat on the ground for two hours near the Ministry of Defence, protesting against the building of an American Polaris missile base at Holy Locj, Scotland, and "all policies that depend on weapons for mass destruction". Earlier, a vast procession of banner-carrying campaigners had marched to Trafalgar Square from Marble Arch. There they were addressed by SS-year-old philosopher Earl Russell (SOF): After the speeches were over, the crowds poured down Whitehall to the Ministry of Defence. Earl Russell was the first to sit down - and then thousands followed suit. Police linked arms round the entrance to the building. Coach-loads of extra police had been posted to the area. Finally, a declaration of protest was handed round for signature and Earl Russell stuck a copy of it to the Ministry door. As the large cartridge dispersed quietly, Lord Russell summed up: "We've achieved everything we wanted to". This demonstration - almost completely without incident - and a similar one in Glasgow, were planned to coincide with the estimated arrived date of an American depot ship carrying Polaris missiles to Holy Loch. The expected date of arrival has not been disclosed by the U.S. authorities.

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045-00036146
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Visnews
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U.K.: THOUSANDS IN "SIT-DOWN" PROTEST AGAINST POLARIS SUBMARINE BASE.
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London was the setting for a massive anti-nuclear Exit-down" demonstration Feb 18, Organized by Earl Bertrand Russell's "civil disobedience" campaign - the "Committee of 100" - nearly 4000 people sat on the ground for two hours near the Ministry of Defence, protesting against the building of an American Polaris missile base at Holy Locj, Scotland, and "all policies that depend on weapons for mass destruction". Earlier, a vast procession of banner-carrying campaigners had marched to Trafalgar Square from Marble Arch. There they were addressed by SS-year-old philosopher Earl Russell (SOF): After the speeches were over, the crowds poured down Whitehall to the Ministry of Defence. Earl Russell was the first to sit down - and then thousands followed suit. Police linked arms round the entrance to the building. Coach-loads of extra police had been posted to the area. Finally, a declaration of protest was handed round for signature and Earl Russell stuck a copy of it to the Ministry door. As the large cartridge dispersed quietly, Lord Russell summed up: "We've achieved everything we wanted to". This demonstration - almost completely without incident - and a similar one in Glasgow, were planned to coincide with the estimated arrived date of an American depot ship carrying Polaris missiles to Holy Loch. The expected date of arrival has not been disclosed by the U.S. authorities.
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unrest, conflicts and war
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1961-02-18