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Nuclear Arms Protesters Form Human Chain in Scotland

October 5, 1986

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ An estimated 45,000 anti-nuclear protesters linked hands Sunday to form a human chain stretching across Scotland from Glasgow in the west to Grangemouth in the east.

Reporters flying over the 28-mile route said the chain was almost continuous, with some gaps up to 100 yards long. It snaked through several towns and villages and across open countryside.

The protest was organized by Parents for Survival, which opposes nuclear arms.

Churches made appeals to their congregations to participate in the demonstration. Protesters traveled from as far as Kent in southeastern England.

In Glasgow, the chain was headed by the city’s lord mayor, Robert Gray.

Parents for Survival said it was the biggest-ever anti-nuclear arms protest in Scotland, where British and U.S. nuclear submarines are based.

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