SAN FRANCISCO — Five anti-war activists were arrested Thursday for blocking a munitions truck from entering the Concord Naval Weapons Station and congressional representatives lashed out at the Navy over the train incident outside the base earlier this week that left a protester maimed.
S. Brian Willson, 45, a Vietnam veteran whose legs were severed on Tuesday when he knelt on railroad tracks just outside the weapons depot in an effort to block munitions shipments to the Nicaraguan contras , received a phone call of support from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega .
Ortega's wife, Rosario Murillo, planned to visit Willson in the hospital this weekend, according to protest organizers, who said she was granted a visa in Managua on Thursday and will arrive Friday with four of her children.
'Could Have Been Avoided'
"My gut feeling tells me that this (the Willson incident) could have been avoided," Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-San Francisco) said after meeting with the base commander, Capt. Lonnie F. Cagle, and hearing that five train crew members failed to see the 20 to 30 protesters who had clustered on and near the track on Tuesday.