Nine arrested during Bath Iron Works protest

Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath. (Troy R. Bennett | BDN)

BATH (WGME) -- Saturday morning, nine protesters were arrested for trespassing during the christening of Bath Iron Works naval destroyer USS Hudner.

The people arrested were part of a group engaged in an organized protest on the corner of Washington and Spring Street.

The protesters, from Maine Veterans for Peace and the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, called for Bath Iron Works to focus on commuter rail systems and sustainable technology.

Nine of the protesters attempted to enter the event, displaying peace signs as they attempted to gain entrance. BIW security stopped them from entering, but the protesters remained on the BIW property.

After a few minutes, BIW officials told the protesters to leave the property. When the group refused to leave, Bath police warned the group that they all needed to leave or they would be arrested.

All nine refused to leave the company’s property, and were then arrested and charged with trespassing.

They were transported to the Bath Police Department, where they were booked and eventually released on bail.

All were cooperative throughout the arrest and booking process.

They were given a court date of May 16 at West Bath District Court.

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