This past Sunday, weekend travelers to Cape Cod were greeted by a group of 70 anti-nuclear protesters, who held a rally at the foot of the Sagamore Bridge. Heavy congestion leading onto the bridge due to Mother’s Day traffic gave the protesters, most of whom were a part of Occupy Cape Cod.
Paul Rifkin, activist and a moderator of occupycapecod.com, said that the protest had two purposes. First, it raised awareness and garnered media attention for a larger protest scheduled for this Sunday, May 20th, at the Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Second, the protest sought to teach its audience how a meltdown at the Pilgrim plant would harm Cape residents.
“We considered doing civil disobedience at the bridge; we had people ready to stand in front of traffic, [as] a symbolic demonstration of the fact that that’s what will happen in the event of a meltdown.” Rifkin, and many others opposed to the continued operation of the Pilgrim plant, reason that because the Cape lies outside of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) 10 mile ‘evacuation zone’ around a nuclear meltdown, those living on the Cape would have few options if attempting to escape from nuclear radiation, which could be spread up to fifty miles around the area of a meltdown.
Photos by Paul Rifkin.