Protesters claim new agreement on nuclear warheads has no teeth


A few dozen activists from the Czech ‘No Bases’ organisation staged a protest in the centre of Prague on Thursday morning ahead of the signing of the new nuclear arms limitation deal. Carrying signs in Russian and English, they protested that the scrapping of old and unwanted weapons was not a real move towards disarmament. That required a public process and clear timetable, they said. The ‘No Bases’ movement was in the forefront of opposition to US plans to site an anti-missile defence system in the Czech Republic and Poland. The plans were dropped last year by President Obama. The Czech branch of the World Without War organisation said the new deal still meant around 20,000 nuclear warheads would be held worldwide with spending on armaments growing steadily.