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Action Alert - US nuclear weapons test detonated

Peace Movement Aotearoa

PO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173,

Issued 28 September 1998

Kia ora,

Further to our alert last Thursday about the impending US nuclear weapons test, the following message from the Shundahai Network confirms that 'Bagpipe' was detonated on Saturday.

Thanks to all who registered their protest about this; we'll let you know about the next one just as soon as we have a confirmed date for it.


Dear Friends,

We are sad to announce that "Bagpipe", the second U.S.subcritical nuclear weapons test of 1998 was exploded at 3:07 pm Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, September 26.

This test had been plagued with technical and safety problems since the beginning of it's preparation. Even on the "shot" day, it was postponed over an hour while corrections were made.

Members of the Western Shoshone Nation, Shundahai Network, Alliance of Atomic Veterans, Nevada Desert Experience, Citizens for Alternatives to Nuclear Dumping (CARD), CHAOS, and PARANOIDS camped out at the Nevada Test Site the night before and nonviolent direct actions to oppose the test took place.

Four staff members of Shundahai Network and a CARD representative were arrested inside the Nevada Test Site at approximately 10:30am in an attempt to blockade the main road leading to the "Control Point" (where the button is pushed).

Following the test, a vigil was held at the Foley Federal Building to protest this "Hypocritical" test. There was strong public support from people passing by.

We will continue to organize and educate the American Public about these tests.

DOE says that they are prepared to conduct at least one more subcritical test before the end of the year. We will keep you posted.

Thank you to all of the activists around the world that sent in letters to the U.S. government demanding that these tests be canceled. As well we thank our friends in San Francisco, Idaho, and New York City that held demonstrations and vigils.

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