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