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August 08, 1978 - Image 14

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AT LEFT, Sheriff's deputies haul a screaming demonstration from a nuclear
plant construction site in California. Above, local protestors gather at the Bechtel
corporation building sunday-the 33rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima-
to protest nuclear power plants.
Locals protest against nuclear reactors

Some 50 demonstrators gathered i
front of the Bechtel nuclear contractin
corporation Sunday to join nationwid
protests against nuclear weapons an
nuclear power.
Participants marched down Stat
Street to Bechtel offices at the interse
tion at Eisenhower wearing pape
skeleton masks and carrying sign
bearing messages such as "No Mor
Nukes" and "Hell No, We Won't Glow.
Sunday's activities - commemoratin
the 33rd anniversary of the bombingc
Hiroshima - were sponsored by th
Arbor Alliance, a group organized i
Ann Arbor two months ago to oppos
development of nuclear power.
REMINDING HIS audience that th
dropping of atomic bombs o
Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a lar
dmark display of the United State,
nuclear power, Universit
mathematics professor Art Schwarl
said, "In August 1945, we performed a
act not only lethal but an atrocity."
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"We were not only ready to sacrifice
the Japanese.. . but we endangered
world peace," Schwartz continued.
"Shortly after we made that decision,
we moved into nuclear power."
Schwartz went on to say the building
of nuclear power plants in hopes of
making nuclear power the nation's
major source of energy is only in the in-
terest of corporations. "We are risking
our lives so a narrow collection of
people can further their aims," he said.
URGING LISTENERS to mobilize in
opposition to the development of
nuclear power, Schwartz told them,
"We've only got a few people here
today, but there's a lot of energy in this
group. I know; I've seen it and I ap-
preciate it."
The protesters remained at the site
from noon until after 1:00, holding signs
and banners out to passing
automobiles, some of which responded
with positive honks, others with
negative jeers.
At one point, Dr. Ed Pierce, state
Senate candidate, spoke, saying "There

has been no signiticant effort in
Congress to cut the defense budget." A
leaflet distributed by demonstrators
stated that "close to 90 per cent of
nuclear waste is produced by the Pen-
tagon's continued production 6f nuke
"THEY HAVE money and muscle on
the other side," Pierce said. "All we
have is alot of bodies."
University graduate Kerry Sandford
discussed the dangers of nuclear reac-
tors and the waste they produce, the
radioactive elements of which have
been shown to cause genetic damage,
cancer and death. Sandford said more
nuclear plants have been proposed by
Detroit Edison and said there is no,
justification for building these new
sources of power, since last winter
Michigan actually sold power to Ohio.
Discussing the relationship between
radioactive wastes and civil liberties,
Doug Brown, a University graduate
student in physics, said the fundamen-
tal issue is that "the hazard related to
radioactive waste is so great, no

element of doubt should be allowed
regarding safety."
BROWN SAID nuclear waste is
sometimes buried in underground tren-
ches, and there is enough plutonium in
them for 15, bombs the strength of the
bomb that devastated Nagasaki. He
voiced his belief that a nuclear
economy in the United States would be
unsafe because of continual
possibilities of accidents.
Stressing the need for mass action to
publicize the anti-nuclear cause, prin-
ter Jim Forester said, "The recent ex-
perience of the Bakke decision has
shown us if people are not out in the
streets, nobody listens."
On the demonstrators' agenda was a
plan to distribute leaflets at Briarwood
Mall following the rally. "I hope
although we are legally prohibited from
leafleting at Briarwood, we will go do it
anyway," Forester said.
After the speeches, the group did
head over to the shopping center, where
two films and a slide show on nuclear
dangers were shown in the community

Arrests mark anti-nuke rallies
By The AssoeiateiPress George Whiting said those arrested Demonstrations, marches or
More than 70 anti-nuclear demon- yesterday blocked the gate at the speeches also occurred at state
strators were arrested yesterday in Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plant. Most capitols, nuclear power plants and near
Oregon and California - for a two-day face trespassing charges. military bases.
total over 420 - as demonstrations to The protest was sponsored by a group They included a protest staged at
mark the 33rd anniversary of the bom- called the Abalone Alliance, which op- Pease Air Force Base in Newington,
bing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki con- poses nuclear power plants, and con- N.H., against the 509th Bomb Wing, the
tinued around the country. tinued despite a court order barring unit from which planes left in 1945 to
In Rainier, Ore., 20 protestors were protesters from interfering with bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
arrested at the Trojan nuclear plant af- operations at the facility. A peaceful rally was held Sunday at a
ter they leaped over the main gate to They were among a number of nuclear plant at Wiscasset, Maine, and
the Portland General Electric Co. demonstrations this past weekend. more demonstrations were scheduled
facility. It was the second of a planned SUNDAY WAS the anniversary of the in that state for Wednesday, the 33rd
four days of protests. bombing of Hiroshima, and on that day anniversary of the bombing of
AND AT THE Diablo Canyon nuclear in Washington, a woman who tried to Nagasaki.
plant in San Luis Obispo, Calif., 50 make a speech against the neutron The weekend protests also included
protesters were taken into custody, weapon from a seat behind President demonstrations outside Los Angeles, in
bringing to more %an 400.the. jsbe ,. Carter was.dragged.frto''s ervic&. aV ktlanta, at two nuclear plants -in Ohio;
rtdsited 'the'e sirlde' Stlfds .5 Shefiff' ' the'rsfaptist Ch'urcO ' ' in North Carolina and Tennessee.

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