Anti-nuke protests slated for Sunday, Monday

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A couple of anti-nuclear events will take place Sunday and Monday as the bombing of Hiroshima is remembered.

Pax Christi Santa Fe will hold its annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ashley Pond.

The next morning, Trinity Nuclear Abolition (TNA) will host a vigil for peace at LANL at the corner of Diamond and West Jemez. Organizers say there are gathering at 7 a.m. just as lab employees report to work.

The lab released the following statement, “the laboratory fully supports the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. However, we cannot tolerate activities that are unsafe, illegal, or do not comply with laboratory security.”

According to the Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety website, the event will include a march of peace and a sackcloth and ashes prayer vigil for peace in commemoration of when, near the end of World War II, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. bombed Hiroshima, Japan with a atomic weapon.  Pax Christi Santa Fe and its members seek the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The Peace March and Sackcloth and Ashes Prayer Vigil for Peace will begin and end at Ashley Pond.  

Bud Ryan, of Pax Christi Santa Fe, said, “We in Pax Christi Santa Fe and our members throughout New Mexico ask you to join us for our annual Hiroshima Commemoration on Aug. 4.”

He continued, “For me this has been an incredible way to say I’m sorry for being part of the collective violence we in the U.S. perpetrate on others around the world, as well as ourselves.  Afterward we ask you to join us to hear speakers talk about nuclear weapons and what we can do to work to abolish them.  We would hope that for all participants this becomes a lifetime pursuit, rather than just an afternoon, to rid the world of nuclear weapons and to get the nine nuclear weapon states to clean up their nuclear mess.”

As for the Monday protest, a press release indicates this will be TNA’s 65th LANL peace vigil.

The release said it is “still focused on LANL’s need to face its responsibilities in the realm of environmental justice, LANL’s need to clean up its toxic legacy, and humanity’s need for the cessation of LANL’s nuclear violence immediately.”

Last year, six demonstrators did not heed warnings by police and were arrested. They were loaded into a van and transported to the Los Alamos Detention Center. Those arrested included Catherine Euler, Barbara Grothus, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin Abbott, Pamela Stellar and Janet Greenwald.

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk found them not guilty on the trespassing charge, but found all six guilty of failure to obey an officer and obstructing traffic. 

Kirk assigned a $100 fine for each guilty charge and added $41 in court costs plus a $60 probation fee. Together, each of the six was ordered to pay $342.