August 18, 1997 in Nation/World

Greenpeace Protesters Face Arrest In Seattle Protest Of Alaska-Bound Boats Keeps Bridge Lane Closed

Associated Press
 

Seven Greenpeace demonstrators remained suspended from a bridge for a second consecutive night Sunday in a protest against factory-trawler fishing.

Police said they would be arrested for reckless endangerment once they return to land.

Organizers said the protesters had enough food for two more days but didn’t plan a “marathon” action.

The two men and five women rappelled over the side of the Aurora Bridge on Saturday to try to prevent the huge trawlers from leaving the lake en route to fish off the coast of Alaska.

They contend the Seattle-based trawlers are “strip-mining” the North Pacific of pollock, a primary food source for sea birds and marine mammals.

One northbound lane of the heavily used bridge remained closed as the protesters continued to dangle off ropes about 200 feet above the water.

One trawler made it past the bridge overnight, but another one couldn’t get through when the protesters lowered themselves to block the boat’s path.

Two protesters on foot were arrested Saturday night for aiding and abetting reckless endangerment after refusing police orders to leave the scene, police spokeswoman Christie-Lynne Bonner said.

Another person was taken into custody Sunday morning after trying to cross a police line. Bonner said he did not appear to be involved with the Greenpeace group.

MEMO: Cut in the Spokane edition.

Cut in the Spokane edition.

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