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Berrigan To Face Charge in New Orleans

January 16, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the longtime peace activist, agreed Tuesday to return to New Orleans to answer a federal charge stemming from a Dec. 1 demonstration.

Berrigan, 68, was arrested in New Orleans on charges he blocked access to elevators in a federal office building. He faces up to 30 days in jail if convicted.

The demonstration, involving students and members of the clergy, protested U.S. relations with El Salvador after the murder of six Jesuit priests there in November.

Berrigan did not appear at his scheduled Dec. 14 arraignment in New Orleans and was arrested two weeks later at his Manhattan apartment. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

At a hearing Tuesday when he agreed to appear in federal court in New Orleans on Feb. 8, Berrigan said, ″I wish they were pursuing the murderers of the Jesuits like they’re pursuing me.″

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