By DAVID CORREIA, KAY MATTHEWS and ERIC SHULTZ
Six anti-nuclear activists were arrested on Monday (see photos and captions), August 6 in Los Alamos at a protest in observance of the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. More than fifty demonstrators, organized by (un)Occupy Albuquerque and NukeFreeNow!, blocked a LANL entrance at the intersection of Diamond Drive and West Jemez Road.
When police ordered protestors out of the street in front of a LANL gate, six refused. We wanted to “throw a wrench into the gears of the war machine,” one protestor explained. The nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 were created in Los Alamos.
All six were arrested and charged with criminal trespass, obstructing a right of way and disobeying an officer. If convicted they face up to a $500 fine and three months in jail.
Protestors gathered again at 5 PM to drop a banner from the Los Alamos Canyon bridge that read, “Hiroshima Still Haunting.” No arrests were made.
LANL blockaded roads into and around the Lab, allowing only those with official badges to travel along public streets. La Jicarita reached the Los Alamos County administrator, who told us that the sections of the public roads that LANL blocked are actually on its property, and that the Lab periodically prevents ingress and egress when it is on alert or has some cause for concern—as with the nonviolent demonstrators on Monday.
The six arrested protestors were arraigned today, August 9, the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. At the arraignment they pled not guilty and entered a request for a new judge. They request was denied, not word on when the protestors will next be in court.
After the arraignment the protestors briefly demonstrated outside the Los Alamos Justice Center, where they were joined by a group that included hunger-striker Alaric Balibrera. At the protest Balibrera broke his strike, which had reached 25 days. Thomas Jaggers, another protestor, took up the hunger strike from Balibrera.