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Damon Albarn launches anti-nuclear bomb website

Story by Jack Foley

THE campaign to prevent the UK government from buying more nuclear weapons continues to gather momentum in the music world following news that Damon Albarn and Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja (3D) are behind a new website encouraging an artistic protest against the proposal.

The duo have launched with Gorillaz’ Jamie Hewlett and artist Peter Kennard.

They intend to exhibit works that oppose spending money on replacing the current Trident nuclear arsenal – a controversial proposal that has already prompted 50 British artists (including Snow Patrol and Ian Brown) to sign a statement released by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) that calls for “peace and justice, not nuclear weapons and war”.

A message on the new website explains: “Over the next three weeks, until the vote on Trident renewal in parliament, no-bomb will be a continually expanding online exhibition and protest.

“The aim is to get people thinking, talking, reading, protesting – to make a noise round an issue that has had shamefully little public or political debate.”

The new venture is not connected to any particular political party but is encouraging people to support CND. As such, people have also been encouraged to join the march against Trident due to take place on Saturday, February 24, from noon (starting at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park).

The website statement continues: “The UK government wants to spend £76 billion of our money on renewing the UK’s nuclear defence system, Trident.

“We don’t think we should be spending billions on weapons of mass destruction and we don’t believe we’ll be any safer with a new generation of Trident.

“We don’t want to go quietly into the darkness of a new nuclear age.”