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Biolab Protestor Arrested at BU President Robert Brown’s Inauguration Ceremony
27 Apr 2006
Today, during the inaugural ceremony of Robert Brown as Boston University's 10th president, a biolab protestor was arrested after speaking up against the lab - while two other protestors were escorted off the premises.
Today at approximately 4:10 pm, Boston University Police arrested an Operation: Over activist in the middle of Robert Brown’s inaugural ceremony. The activist was arrested inside the Agganis Arena in protest of the Biosafety level-4 lab being constructed in Roxbury. The action was conducted as part of a larger three-year struggle waged by a coalition of area residents against the BU Biolab.

While several protestors handed out information to attendees, police officers filled the sidewalk surrounding the building, taking pictures and milling about.

While activists on the outside handed out information and spoke to passersby, on the inside, several BU students were preparing to raise the issue of the Biolab during the inaugural ceremonies. After two BU students spoke up, they were escorted out of the arena, threatened with suspension and arrest, and warned to stay off Boston University property for twenty-four hours. A third individual was arrested by BU police and taken in handcuffs to be booked in the BUPD headquarters next door. He is being held until further notice; no release date has been given.
“Boston University has now resorted to arresting those who voice opinions against the biolab. What next?” said Dylan Bergman, area resident. “It’s pretty clear they’ll do whatever it takes in order to silence the issue.”

The protesters are urging both city and state officials to fulfill their roles as public servants, to ban the BSL4 component of the lab, and to uphold existing Public Health law regarding recombinant DNA research to protect the people of Boston.
Operation: Over is a campaign of non-violent direct action against militarism in Boston communities.
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