VANCOUVER, Canada — An unarmed U.S. cruise missile was launched from a B-52 bomber over the Beaufort Sea today and streaked across 1,500 miles of frozen northwest Canada for a landing.
The test, one of several permitted under a U.S.-Canadian defense pact, prompted a protest by about a dozen peace activists outside a Canadian Forces air base at Cold Lake, about 150 miles northeast of Edmonton, Alberta.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested four demonstrators for refusing to remove a banner stretched across the base entrance. All four were charged with obstructing police.
The Greenpeace environmental group sought to disrupt the morning shift change at the base by blocking the front gate. Base workers, however, came to work early, and the protest had little effect.