UK: CADU call out for action
November 6th is the International Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium Weapons. It is also the United Nations' Day for Prevention of the Exploitation of the Environment during Wars and Armed Conflicts.
DU weapons have been used in the Balkans and Iraq. When fired they leave a toxic dust that may be cause of rising birth defects and cancers that are devastating families in these regions.
Even though they knew from the beginning that it would not be publically acceptable, the Ministry of Defence has fired DU into the Solway Firth as a part of its test firing programme for over 30 years. Over 31 tons of DU remain at the bottom of the Firth while the MOD have no idea how this impacts ecosystems.
In March we forced the MOD to U-turn on its plans to fired DU as a part of test firing due to take place this year. But we can't stop there, we need to build on this success and make sure the MOD never fires DU in Scotland again.
To this end we will hold the Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium Weapons on the Dundrennan Range. We will walk on to the range en masse and hold an event in solidarity to all of those suffering the effects of toxic wars in Iraq.
Depleted Uranium! Not acceptable in Scotland! Not Acceptable in Iraq!
Time12.30, Dundrennan Range, Kirkcudbright
- Driving- follow the A711 from Kirkcudbright (opposite direction to Dumfries) and then follow signs for the range, there will be a turning on your right which will lead down a small lane. The pedestrian entrance to the site is a few minutes down the lane. There will be people to guide you in. Parking is limited on the lane and you do so at your own risk.
- Public transport – The closest train station is Dumfries, from there you can get the 501 or 502 to Kirkcudbright. Timetables can be found here: http://www.dumgal.gov.uk
CADU will run a shuttle minibus from the Post Office in Kirkcudbright from 11.00 am (it might be a good option for those in cars to park here and use this)
What to bring – a packed lunch, a drink, banner/placard, some gardening equipment.
What to wear – Warm clothes, a water proof, comfortable and preferably waterproof shoes.
If you would like any more information or some help organising transport from your area please email Rachel@cadu.org.uk
Please let us know if you or your group is planning to attend. We hope to see you there.
The event has already been picked up by the local media - thank you D&G Standard!