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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Peace protesters arrested in Sherborn

SHERBORN

Six people were arrested for blocking traffic at an intersection during a protest outside the Sherborn Peace Abbey last night, according to police.

Officer Chris Teel said the protest occurred just after 10 p.m., at the conclusion of President George W. Bush’s televised speech, in which he committed to send additional troops to Iraq this year.

The protesters obstructed traffic at the busy intersection of North Main and South Main streets, Teel said.

“It was definitely a safety hazard,” he said.

The six people, whose names were not immediately available from police, were all charged with disorderly conduct, Teel said.

Dot Walsh, program coordinator for the Peace Abbey, said the protesters had been watching a film earlier in the night called, “The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends,” a documentary chronicling the struggles of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq.

Walsh said the protest outside the abbey was an act of “civil disobedience.”

— Kyle Alspach

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