River Thames to host protest against Trident renewal

Last edited 7 March 2007 at 6:23pm
7 March, 2007

The campaign against the government's proposed Trident nuclear renewal will take to the Thames tomorrow when the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise docked at Tower Bridge plays host to a 50 strong choir.

The choir will perform a piece composed by Damon Albarn. Entitled "Five Minutes to Midnight" the performance will represent a peaceful demonstration against renewing Trident and against Britain possessing nuclear weapons. Directed by Hannah Eidinow with visuals designed by Robert del Naja of Massive Attack, and contributions from Brian Eno, "Five Minutes to Midnight" follows the launch of no-bomb.com, an anti Trident website, announced last week.

"Five actors will join the choir on the Arctic's deck in a cycle of meditations using public statements, quotations, reports and statistics on the British government's part in this debate," said director Hannah Edinow.

Opposition is growing to the government's efforts to rush through a decision on Trident renewal, with a House of Commons vote expected on Wednesday 14th March.

Greenpeace director John Sauven said: "It's not too late to stop Tony Blair wasting billions on new nuclear weapons. Trident is a cold war relic designed to destroy Russian cities and has no place in 21st century Britain".

The event is planned to start at 6.30pm at Shad Thames, South Bank, SE1 and will broadcast live on the internet (www.greenpeace.org.uk) from 7pm, where it can be accessed for 24 hours.

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