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Despite new barriers, activists show up to protest Y-12 facility

Frank Munger • Apr 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

OAK RIDGE — Peace activists lost a legal attempt last week to gain access to their traditional protesting spot near the entrance to the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, but they showed up anyway on Saturday and voiced their feelings from across the street.

About 75 demonstrators gathered in Bissell Park for a rally against the government’s plans to build a new multibillion-dollar production facility at the weapons plant. Following speeches, music and a series of skits, the group hoisted their peace puppets and protest signs at midafternoon and marched across town to Y-12.

Oak Ridge police, who appeared to have an unusually heavy presence Saturday at all protest activities, blocked the entrance at Y-12 and directed demonstrators to the other side of Scarboro Road.

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