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Anti-war protest group tries to inspect Lockheed

Anti-war protest group tries to inspect Lockheed

Apr. 12, 2003
By Ken McLaughlin
Mercury News
About 60 members of a Santa Cruz County “weapons inspection team” showed up at the Bonny Doon facility of defense contractor Lockheed Martin on Friday to inspect it for weapons of mass destruction.
Company officials politely refused to let them through the Empire Grade Road gate.
“We recognize your right to protest, but we also hope you respect our employees’ rights and our property,” Peter Olinger of emergency operations told the group.
Many of the anti-war protesters wore white costumes with “inspector” stickers. One of their vehicles was marked “Civilian Weapons Inspection Team.”
The team handed Olinger a letter asking whether the facility produces and tests the ordnance for the Trident II D-5 nuclear missile.
A company spokesman said the facility builds “component subsystems and tests systems” for the military but “there are absolutely no weapon systems” at the site.
Demonstrators said they intended to pursue the issue. “At some point we really need to know what’s going on here,” protester Kim Dowling told Olinger.
Contact Ken McLaughlin at kmclaughlin@mercurynews. com or (831) 423-3115

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