Peace activists denounce UK nukes ceremony
Friday, May 03, 2019
Royalty, politicians and military chiefs are gathering at Westminster Abbey to mark half a century of Britain's sea-borne nuclear arms program _ though organizers insist they are not thanking God for atomic weapons.
Prince William is set to join the service today in honor of Britain's nuclear-armed submarines and their crews. At least one U.K. sub carrying nuclear missiles has been on undersea patrol at all times since April 1969 _ a 50-year mission titled Operation Relentless.
The abbey says the service isn't a celebration, but a recognition of the Royal Navy's commitment to "effective peacekeeping.''
But peace activists have condemned the service and plan to hold a "die-in'' protest outside.
Kate Hudson, secretary-general of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said the event was "morally repugnant.'' -AP