Approximately 60 demonstrators protested at the main gate leading to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Approximately 60 demonstrators protested at the main gate leading to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Anti-nuke demonstration at NBK results in 11 citations

60 people protest on the roadway just before the main gate

Eleven people were cited by Washington State Patrol troopers during a “flash mob” demonstration against nuclear weapons at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Aug. 5.

Sixty people were present at the event, which took place on the roadway just before the main gate to NBK-Bangor during rush hour traffic. Supporters carried peace flags and two large banners stating, “We can all live without Trident” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons.” While traffic was blocked coming onto the base, dancers performed to a recording of War (What is it good for?) by Edwin Starr.

After the performance, most of the protesters left the roadway, except for the 11 who were cited. About 30 minutes after being cited, five of the 11 demonstrators re-entered the roadway carrying a banner with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which stated, “When scientific power outruns spiritual power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.”

Those five individuals were removed by troopers and additionally cited for failing to disperse. They were released at the scene.

The six individuals cited by WSP for remaining on the roadway after the flash mob performance were Susan Delaney of Bothell; Philip Davis of Bremerton; Denny Duffell and Mark Sisk of Seattle; Mack Johnson of Silverdale; and Stephen Dear of Elmira, Ore.

The five cited by troopers for re-entering the roadway a second time were Judith Beaver of Sequim; Michael Siptroth of Belfair; Glen Milner of Lake Forest Park; Charley Smith of Eugene, Ore.; and Victor White of Oceanside, Calif.

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