138 Arrested in Honeywell Demonstration
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ About 600 people, including the wife of the police chief, demonstrated outside Honeywell Inc. on Thursday to protest the company’s production of parts for nuclear weapons, and police arrested 138 people.
A second, smaller demonstration outside Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis was staged Thursday afternoon to coincide with Honeywell’s annual shareholders meeting there.
A handful of people attending the meeting made brief speeches denouncing the company’s weapons manufacturing and presence in South Africa. Honeywell Chairman Edson Spencer was cordial to the protesters, but he did not give any lengthy responses.
Spencer said 16 years of demonstrations against the company had not influenced any corporate decisions.
The protesters who were arrested in the early morning demonstration were charged with trespassing, a police spokesman said. Erica Bouza, wife of the Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza, was not arrested.
A similar demonstration against Honeywell in 1983 led to the arrests of about 500 people, the largest number since protests were started by the Honeywell Project, an anti-war group that sponsored Thursday’s demonstration.
Some of those arrested were blocking the entrance to Honeywell’s south annex. The others arrested set up a double-sided ladder and scaled a 9-foot chain-link fence that blocked the road to Honeywell’s headquarters.
The company put up the fence Wednesday night in anticipation of the planned demonstration.
About 70 police officers and 40 reserve officers were at the scene, Bouza said, adding that he had driven his wife to the protest.