Eleven anti-nuclear activists were arrested in Brattleboro, Vermont, Monday after attempting to make a citizens’ arrest of the board and officers of Entergy, operator of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Inside the offices of Entergy, the 11 women briefly did an Occupy-style “mic check” to read the citizens’ arrest warrant. Among those arrested was Frances Crowe, a 92-year-old activist from Northampton, Massachusetts.
Frances Crowe, anti-nuclear activist: “I came here today to deliver a citizen’s arrest on the executives of Entergy, because they are the owners of Vermont Yankee, and we feel that they’re conducting an immoral, illegal operating Vermont Yankee plant that needs to be shut down. It’s very dangerous, and they refueled it. I fear they’re not going to shut it down on the 21st of March. So we feel that we need to keep the pressure on them to shut it down now.”
Monday’s action in Vermont has been described as the first Occupy protest at a nuclear power plant operator.