Anti-Nuclear Protestors Arraigned in Los Alamos

By DAVID CORREIA, KAY MATTHEWS and ERIC SHULTZ

Barbara Grothus: (Un)Occupy Albuquerque. Daughter of Ed Grothus, longtime anti-nuclear activist who lived in Los Alamos and ran the infamous Black Hole where he collected nuclear detritus as a political statement. “He devoted the last thirty-five or forty years of his life to the anti nuke message and advocating for LANL to change its mission. You can’t use the bomb. Spending all this money, for something we can’t, shouldn’t, and won’t use is a waste, especially when there are so many other issues we should be spending our resources on.”

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.

Amalia Montoya: (Un)Occupy Albuquerque

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.

Summer: (Un)Occupy Albuquerque. “The lab creates a lot of jobs, and I don’t want anyone from Los Alamos to suffer economically, but devices designed to incinerate human flesh and destroy buildings, I’m against that.”
Wind Euler: Occupy Tucson. “I blockaded the road into the Lab to slow down the work of creating more weapons of mass destruction and more radioactive contamination. The Lab is on indigenous lands, and the contamination of the waters and soils downstream from the Lab will continue to damage the health of generations of Pueblo and other peoples living downstream.

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.

Bärbel: Visiting protester from Austria
Maria Brazil: (Un)Occupy Albuquerque

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.

Lisa Krooth: (Un)Occupy Albuquerque. An attorney who is assisting those arrested on August 6. “It’s the responsibility of citizens to protest and stand up for justice and freedom. It’s an honorable act. These people feel strongly about the moral position that they took today.”
Winter Ross: Street Medics Collective

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.

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