April 6, 2007 / 7:59 PM / 12 years ago

Police arrest 64 at California anti-nuclear protest

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police arrested 62 adults and two children on Friday for blocking the entrance to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in what has become an annual protest against U.S. nuclear weapons research, an official said.

“All were charged with blocking a public road,” said David Schwoegler, a spokesman for the lab which is located east of San Francisco in Northern California. “They were booked and released.”

He said about 210 people had blocked one of the lab entrances for 40 minutes before the arrests in a demonstration that has taken place annually on Good Friday for years.

Last month the U.S. government said it had selected a design from Livermore for the first new U.S. nuclear warhead in two decades. About 10,000 people work at the U.S. government lab, which is home to the world’s top supercomputer.

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