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RAYTHEON RESISTER JAILED FOR 60 DAYS
06 Oct 2000
Peace/environmental activist ordered held for 60 days by judge for leafleting at a Raytheon weapons plant
A District Court judge in Lawrence, MA ordered peace and environmental activist Alyosha Witness of Amherst to be held in the Essex County House of Correction for 60 days for violating a judges order to refrain from further "criminal" activity while awaiting trial for two previous actions at Raytheon's Andover, MA weapons plant.

Late yesteray afternoon, Alyosha Witness climbed over a fence at the weapons plant and entered the high security "Advanced Design" building and began passing out leaflets urging workers to consider quitting their jobs making weapons that threatened humans and the Earth. He was arrested and taken into custody pending this morning's arraignment.

Earlier in the day he had been arrested for trying to enter the plant through the front gate to pass out leaflets. A judge released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to refrain from "criminal activity."

Sean Donahue of the Lawrence, MA based Bread and Roses Affinity Group who attended the hearing and who is a co-defendant in Alyosha Witness's upcoming trial on charges stemming from an April action at the plant said "Alyosha was acting to prevent crimes against all life. It is Raytheon that is engaging in criminal activities by continuing to produce the weapons the US military used in attacks that created ecological and humanitarian disasters in Iraq and Yugoslavia."

Witness's three pending cases have been combined and he will be tried by a Lawrence jury on three counts of criminal trespass on October 17. The same jury will try Donahue on a single count of criminal trespass.

Donahue said "We trust that the jury will reflect the conscience of the community, and find that the Raytheon company is the real criminal here."

Letters of support can be sent to:
Alyosha Witness
Essex County House of Correction
Cell 655 Block 240B
PO Box 804
Middleton, MA 01949

for more information contact Sean Donahue at breadandroses_wrl (at) yahoo.com or 603-228-0559
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