Man charged in anti-war protest at lab


Police arrested a Baltimore man taking part in an anti-war demonstration at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory near Skaggsville yesterday and charged him with trespassing.

John Maximillian Obuszewski, 28, of the 300 block of E. 25th St. in Baltimore, was charged with one count of trespassing when he refused to leave the APL property, police said.

Sgt. Steve Keller, a police spokesman, said Mr. Obuszewski came to the site with 13 other protesters about 7:30 a.m. He was released on his own recognizance.

When police arrived, the protesters were handing out disarmament fliers, Sgt. Keller said. When they were asked to leave, they told police they would only be there a short time because they had to get to another protest, Sgt. Keller said. "They were very cooperative and very friendly," he said. "There was no confrontation."

Sergeant Keller said the APL protest appeared to be an afterthought. "They were going to Washington to protest the president's policy on Haiti and decided to stop off," he said. "They apparently parked in APL's parking lot and started walking around the main entrance."

Everyone left except Mr. Obuszewski, who told police he would be "the one who is going to be arrested," Sergeant Keller said.

Later, a group identifying itself as the Baltimore Emergency Response Network issued a news release saying members had taken part in protests and were arrested at APL and the White House.

Network members Frida Berrigan, William Cain, Kristen Cyr, Elizabeth McAlister, Sue Frankel-Streit and Micheal Whalli were arrested on the sidewalk in front of the White House, the release said.

Network protesters were allowed to distribute materials at APL without interference for a decade, but that policy changed this year, the release said. The network plans to challenge that policy, the release said.

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