The Full Wiki

More info on Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp

Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Greenham Common peace sign

Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp was a peace camp established to protest at nuclear weapons being sited at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. The camp began in September 1981 after a Welsh group called "Women for Life on Earth" arrived at Greenham to protest against the decision of the Government to allow cruise missiles to be based there.[1]

The camp became well known when on 1 April 1983, about 70,000 protesters formed a 14-mile human chain from Greenham to Aldermaston and the ordnance factory at Burghfield.[2][3] The women's peace camp attracted significant media attention and "prompted the creation of other peace camps at more than a dozen sites in Britain and elsewhere in Europe".[1]

On 29 September 1982 the women were evicted by Newbury District Council but set up a new camp near by within days.[4] On 4 April 1984, the women were again evicted from the Common; again by nightfall the women all returned to reform the camp.[5]

The last missiles left the camp in 1991 as a result of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, but the camp remained in place until 2000 after protestors won the right to house a memorial on the site.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b David Cortright (2008). Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas, Cambridge University Press, p. 147.
  2. ^ "1983: Human chain links nuclear sites". British Broadcasting Corporation. 1983-04-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/1/newsid_2520000/2520753.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  3. ^ Paul Brown, Shyama Perera and Martin Wainwright. Protest by CND stretches 14 miles The Guardian, 2 April 1983.
  4. ^ "Greenham Peace Camps Evicted". Red Rag. 1982-10-03. http://www.readings-only-newspaper.org/cover/1982/1982-10-03.html. 
  5. ^ "1984: Greenham Common women evicted". British Broadcasting Corporation. 1984-04-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/4/newsid_2458000/2458653.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  6. ^ "19-year Greenham Common campaign to end". Guardian News and Media Limited. 2000-09-05. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,364669,00.html. 

External links

Advertisements

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message