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12 protesters arrested outside USS Michael Monsoor destroyer christening at BIW

12 protesters were arrested Saturdy morning outside Bath Iron Works before the christening of the USS Michael Monsoor, named for the Medal of Honor winner and Navy Seal who died in Iraq in 2006.

BATH (WGME) -- A dozen Maine residents protesting outside Bath Iron Works before the christening of a new Zumwalt class destroyer were arrested Saturday morning for not leaving a street when asked by police.

The organized protest was held because, "the activists maintain that the Zumwalt is a provocative escalation of the already out-of-control arms race aimed at China and Russia," according to a statement.

The new destroyer, the second Zumwalt class ship built by Bath Iron Works, is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after his death in Iraq in 2006.

Around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, police said the group of protesters moved onto Washington Street, blocking traffic outside BIW's west gate. The group sat down in the street, did not move when asked to by police and were arrested.

Each protester faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a public way. They were booked and released. Their first court date is Aug. 2.

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