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Sunday, July 6, 2014

‘Pedal for Peace and Disarmament’ says Peace Group as it welcomes Le Tour de France

Peace campaigners from Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group joined the thousands on Blackstone Edge on Sunday (6 July 2014) to welcome the Tour de France and to promote their slogan, ‘Bikes not Bombs: Trikes not Trident’. They displayed banners and flags from the moor near the junction of Turvin Road and the A58 and distributed leaflets headed ‘Pedal for Peace and Disarmament’. The group asked, ‘How could we spend £100billion, if we scrap Trident?’ and answered with the messages ‘Jobs Not Trident’, ‘NHS Not Trident’, ‘Homes Not Trident’, ‘Education Not Trident’.

Philip Gilligan, on behalf of the Peace Group, said,

“It was great to see the cyclists and to have an opportunity to thank the Tour de France for sponsoring last month’s special race in Sarajevo marking the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. In Sarajevo, in June 2014, Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour told Reuters that the Tour de France “is an event which gathers and unites the people, and the message we are sending from here is the message of peace and unity" (see ). Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group is committed to promoting that same message and to urging all political parties to recognise that the Trident nuclear weapons system is an unnecessary waste of public money which exposes us and the whole world to danger. Nuclear weapons threaten peace and unity and divide our world. We need to scrap them now.”

“In 1914, the Tour de France began on the same day as Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, but was called off as Europe descended into a horrific and disastrous war. Forty-eight of the Tour's former participants, including three who had been winners of the event, were among more than 10 million soldiers who would die in WW1. In the twenty-first century, we need no more wars and no more unnecessary deaths”, he added.rochdaleandlittleboroughpeacegroup