This document is a transcript of an illegal broadcast by VOND - the Voice
of Nuclear Disarmament - in 1962.
At this time TV and radio broadcasts ended in the evening, around 11pm.
CND campaigners took over these frequencies to broadcast their own views.
This was illegal. It was also quite difficult to stop. The VOND signals
were too weak to interfere with BBC signals when the BBC was broadcasting,
but they were fairly clear when the BBC had shut down for the day.
This is one of many reports of broadcasts. Relatively few arrests were made
for this offence.
The sitdown in Trafalgar Square which is mentioned was one of many CND protests
which took place in the early 1960s. These intensified after the Cuban Crisis
of October 1962.
The references to milk and smallpox are cases of health scares which took
place in 1961. Press reports suggested that smallpox had returned early in
1962. There was also concern about infections being spread by contaminated
The Committee of 100 were the leading activists in CND. They went out of
their way to protest and be named and be arrested in order to gain publicity
for the CND cause.