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The Nation : 82 Arrested in Protest at Nuclear Submarine Facility

October 27, 1987

Police arrested 82 protesters in Groton, Conn., for trying to prevent Electric Boat shipyard employees from going to work building submarines that will carry a new generation of nuclear missile. "The Trident II, when it's deployed, will bring the world closer to nuclear war than it was 25 years ago," said protest spokesman Bill Boston, a member of the New Haven-based Coalition to Stop Trident. Protesters sang Buddhist peace chants, beat drums and collapsed to the pavement in a nonviolent effort to impede the workers. The demonstration was part of a coordinated action against eight U.S. nuclear weapons manufacturing and testing sites and was staged to commemorate this month's 25th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis.

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