Activists raid Kings Bay sub base with hammers and 'baby bottles of their own blood'

By LINDSEY BEVER | The Washington Post | Published: April 5, 2018

Seven Catholic peace activists were detained early Thursday at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia after entering the installation to protest nuclear weapons.

The protesters were "carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood" when they entered the base, according to a statement from fellow activists.

"They also brought an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace," the statement read.

A base spokesperson said the seven demonstrators were detained early Thursday and turned over to local authorities. They now face charges of trespassing and defacing federal government property, the spokesperson, Scott Bassett, told The Washington Post.

Bassett said the anti-nuke group entered without authorization and smeared red paint on buildings and signs around the base.

"At no time was anybody threatened," he said, adding that there were no reported injuries and that no military personnel or "assets" were in danger.

The base, in southeastern Georgia, is known as "the east coast home to the Ohio-class submarines," which, the Navy says, are "ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as 'boomers,' [that] serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth and the precise delivery of nuclear warheads."

The demonstrators who entered the base on Wednesday night called themselves the "Kings Bay Plowshares" and are part of the broader "Plowshares movement," a strain of peace activism in which people break into nuclear weapons sites.

Other members of the movement sent out a news release about the incident Thursday, saying that the activists "went to three sites on the base: The administration building, the D5 Missile monument installation and the nuclear weapons storage bunkers.

"The activists used crime scene tape, hammers and banners reading: The ultimate logic of racism is genocide, Dr. Martin Luther King; The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide; Nuclear weapons: illegal — immoral."

Bassett could not confirm the group's claims, saying that the incident is still under investigation.

The news release from Kings Bay Plowshares included photos that the group said showed the activists and their apparent vandalism at the base.