PEACE campaigners are urging Scots to force the hand of the country’s biggest institutions in a war against nuclear weapons as a bombshell report is launched. With data drawn from annual results, official statements and freedom of information reports, the paper reveals the extent to which major Scottish bodies help fund the making of nuclear weapons. Billed as a way to help “eliminate” the big-money devices, the document has been produced by the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in conjunction with similar organisations. It calls on bank customers, students and pension holders to press major institutions into divesting their funds from companies involved in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. These include Royal Bank of Scotland and the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme (SLGPS), the largest fund of its kind in the country. It also claims that success could help sink Trident, arguing: “If we can persuade Scottish financial institutions to divest from nuclear weapons producers, this will incentivise those companies to end their involvement with Trident and other nuclear weapons programmes.”
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The demonstration on Saturday, September 22, will start at the Faslane peace camp, near the southern entrance to Faslane, at around 12 noon, before moving towards the north gate of the base. The Scottish CND is organising the event, which will feature international guests, one year on from the signing of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) at the United Nations.
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