By Donald Bradley
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City police arrested 14 protesters today at the construction site of a manufacturing plant that will produce parts for nuclear weapons.
The 14 were part of about 75 protesters who locked arms and walked onto the excavation site for the new $685 million Honeywell plant near Missouri 150 and Botts Road in south Kansas City. The marchers forced large earth-moving equipment to stop.
The group planted seeds and sang until police moved in. A police loudspeaker told the protesters they would be arrested if they did not disperse.
All but 14 walked back to the road. Those who refused were charged with trespassing and taken to jail.
“They made their point and we showed great patience, but when push comes to shove, we have to do what we have to do,” said Kansas City police Sgt. Kurt Schmidt
The total protesters numbered about 100. Young and old, all colors, they came from 12 states to protest what they view as America’s continued proliferation of nuclear weapons.
One sign read: “Nuclear Winter, our most promising solution to Global Warming”
The group also protested what they view as a lack of action into the health problems of workers and the environmental cleanup at the current Honeywell plant on Bannister Road.
“The federal government has fallen well short of its responsibility,” said Maurice Copeland, who identified himself as a 32-year employee at the plant.
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