Londoners holding anti-nuclear rally
People in Britain are holding a large protest against the renewal of the country’s nuclear weapons.
The protest in London is attended by political heavyweights including Labourleader Jeremy Corbyn, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. The leaders are expected to give speech during the rally.
The demonstration is organized by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). It has already drawn the support of peace activists, academics, students, celebrities and others. The Stop Trident anti-nuclear rally has also secured the backing of the National Union of Students (NUS), which passed a motion to support it this week.
The protest comes as the British Conservative government is pushing ahead with a nearly forty five-billion-dollar project to build a new generation of Trident nuclear missile submarines. The anti-nuclear campaigners say the project is a waste of money and urge the government to invest the money in more vital sectors like education.
Leaders of some trade unions have said the abolition of Trident would cost tens of thousands of jobs.