Wife of Police Chief Among Those Arrested At Demonstration
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ More than 100 people, including the police chief’s wife, were arrested Thursday when peace activists scaled the fence of Honeywell Inc.’s headquarters to protest the company’s defense contracts.
″I had no, absolutely no, intention whatsoever of getting arrested this morning,″ said Erica Bouza, the wife of Minneapolis police chief Anthony Bouza. ″But as I saw all the other protesters going over the fence, I felt so guilty just standing there. I thought I had to do something as well.″
Two buses and four vans were needed to haul those arrested to the Minneapolis National Guard Armory for processing, said Sgt. Patrick Conboy.
Most demonstrators were charged with trespassing or obstructing traffic and released.
More than 1,200 people have been arrested at demonstrations outside the Minneapolis-based computer company’s facilities since 1982. Most of the demonstrations have been organized by a group calling itself the Honeywell Project.
Honeywell’s defense contracts include development of missile guidance systems, said Kathy Tunheim, a company spokeswoman.
Some protesters used ladders to climb over fences surrounding the Honeywell property. They walked to an entrance and sat there until they were arrested, said Lt. Jeff Porupsky.
″Some people had to be carried out,″ he said.
Ms. Tunheim said the company will continue to press charges against Honeywell Project protestors who trespass on company property or obstruct traffic.
″We respect the fact there are differences of opinion, and we respect their right to express their opinions,″ she said. ″But, the safety of our employees and their ability to come and go freely, as is their right, is our main concern.″
Protesters said the demonstration was a success.
″We were surprized that so many people were willing to go over the fence,″ said Nancy Johnston, a demonstrator.
Some demonstrators hung pictures of their loved ones on the fence.
″I hung a picture of my granddaughter there,″ said Annalee Stewart, who called the photos ″symbols of the children of the world we want to save from nuclear holocaust. It’s important for children to have a future.″