Nuclear protesters at APL dispersed by police Weapons research opposed

leaflets given to employees

February 13, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Howard County police escorted a small group of anti-nuclear demonstrators from the main gate of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Fulton yesterday.

Police said 16 members of the Baltimore Emergency Response Network (BERN) and a Washington group called the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker assembled at APL's east gate about 7 a.m. to hand out leaflets to laboratory employees as they walked from the parking lot to the main building.

The demonstrators, who were objecting to weapons research at the laboratory, were read the county's statute about trespassing and were asked to leave the laboratory's grounds, police said.

No one was arrested, and the group was dispersed within 20 minutes, according to police and Max Obuszewski of BERN, who was interviewed later in the day.

APL bans handing out leaflets on its property, but Obuszewski said BERN activists -- who have organized as many as 50 vigils and protests at APL in the past 10 years -- will continue to hand out fliers to APL workers and protest the laboratory's weapons research.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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