Photos show July Y-12 nuclear facility break-in

Photos show July Y-12 nuclear facility break-in

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According to the protestors, this photo shows Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed sitting in handcuffs after being arrested. According to the protestors, this photo shows Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed sitting in handcuffs after being arrested.
Another photograph released by the protestors shows slogans spray-painted on the side of the Highly Enriched Uranium building. Another photograph released by the protestors shows slogans spray-painted on the side of the Highly Enriched Uranium building.

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Peace activists released photos Monday showing how three protesters infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex on July 28.

The photographs were identified by the group as being from discovery evidence in the upcoming trial of the three members of Transform Now Plowshares and were taken by unnamed government sources.

The photos show how the three cut their way inside a protected area where a storage facility for bomb-grade uranium is located.

Michael Walli, Sister Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed are awaiting trial on charges of trespass, destruction and depredation of federal property.

Photographs released by the protestors show slogans spray-painted on the side of the Highly Enriched Uranium building. What was said to be human blood is also seen splashed on a wall.

Other photos provide views of holes in the fences that were cut to gain access to Y-12's high-security area.

"The whole story is about more than the fact we got through the ultra high security ‘deadly force authorized' zone. The whole story includes why we went there and the message we took," the activists said in a news release provided with the photos. "We carried with us a Bible, hammers, candles, bread, white roses and blood. We attempted to embody the prophecy God gave to Isaiah, to beat swords into plowshares. We tried to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, who calls us to find our true security in love and compassion."

If convicted, the three protestors could face up to 16 years imprisonment. The trial is scheduled to begin in February.

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