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6:22 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Arrests made during Vandenberg AFB peace rally

Peace activist Dennis Apel being taken into custody during a rally at the entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Peace activist Dennis Apel being taken into custody during a rally at the entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Credit Brad Wormdal, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

A couple of arrests were made Friday afternoon at an international peace vigil being held at the entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Longtime Central Coast peace activist Dennis Apel and Salinas-based peace activist MacGreggor Eddy were the two people taken into custody by military police, according to event organizer Bruce Gagnon with the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

"We started our news conference and they walked into the middle of it, interrupted it, grabbed Dennis, cuffed him, took him away," said Gagnon. "Five minutes later they came back and walked up to MacGreggor Eddy, handcuffed her, took her away."

Eddy says her ban from the protest area expired a long time ago, but we have not yet been able to confirm that with Vandenberg.

This is Dennis Apel's second arrest in as many weeks. He is under orders to stay away from the area adjacent to Highway One, just outside the Vandenberg gate. It's considered a free speech protest zone.

Gagnon told KCBX there were representatives from several countries at the Vandenberg vigil, including Japan, India, South Korea, England, Canada, and the United State.

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