- 18 Jul 01
William St Leger, A freelance graphic designer from Clonmel now living in London, locked himself to the roof of an American military base during a recent high profile Greenpeace action in England. Here is his account of the day, as told to Adrienne Murphy
Menwith Hill is an American base rented from the British Ministry of Defence (MOD). It’s part of George W Bush’s National Missile Defence plan, which is known as ‘Star Wars’ and is a continuation of his father’s work. Menwith contains these nuclear missile-tracking radars, which form an early warning system.
Many people feel that Star Wars is a dangerous threat to world peace. They call it the National Missile Defence, but it’s actually an offensive plan because it’s going to make the US more aggressive in its foreign policies. They can throw their weight around because they believe they have a missile defence system. It’s going to start a new arms race, and the presence of bases like Menwith puts the UK at a high risk of being one of the first targets of attack.
On the 3rd of July this year, I was one of about a hundred volunteers taking part in a Greenpeace action against the base. My team consisted of twenty volunteers, and our role was to get in via the south western corner of the base. We’d seen photographs and we knew that we had to scale three 3-metre fences topped with razor-wire.