For immediate release: 21 July 2003



A small package marked ‘SARS EPIDEMIC’ was placed outside the offices of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) today. CND were extremely alarmed by the package and immediately notified the police. After thorough investigation the police concluded the package was a ‘malicious communication’.

The package was an attempt to attack and intimidate CND and its staff and undermine the work it is doing in exposing the government’s illegal war on Iraq.

Over the years CND has received numerous slurs and threats against it. CND has been the subject of misinformation and attempts to undermine the hard work it is doing to bring about peace. It’s no co-incidence that the last time CND was particularly subject to intimidation was in the 1980s when CND was leading mass campaigning against cruise missiles.

A CND spokesperson said, “it is clear that there are forces at large who are trying to threaten, discredit and undermine CND. The attacks have backfired, and strengthened CND’s resolve to bring about the elimination of weapons of mass destruction.”

Following the tragic events of the weekend Carol Naughton CND Chair said “Tony Blair was quick to call an inquiry following the tragic death of Dr. David Kelly but refuses to call an independent inquiry into the dreadful, terrible and needless deaths of thousands of Iraqis. How can it be that we are in a situation where a Labour government refuses to call an independent inquiry following a war yet the Thatcher government had an independent inquiry following the Falklands War. The war was supposed to be about justice, democracy and the abolition of weapons of mass destruction, yet the government have been shown wanting on all of these issues.”






Notes for Editors

1. For further information and interviews please contact CND Press Office – Ben Miller mobile – 07968-420-859. Carol Naughton – CND Chair – mobile – 07736-698-702.

2. CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was formed in 1958 and has expert knowledge on all nuclear issues.