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Peace activists bidding farewell to Alliant execs with 798th protest vigil

Twin Cities peace activists aren’t going to let Alliant Tech executives move to Washington, D.C., without saying farewell.

On Wednesday morning, about 30 people representing AlliantACTION were at the company’s headquarters in Eden Prairie to serve a “civil arrest warrant’’ to Alliant Tech President and CEO Mark DeYoung. The “warrant’’ charged the weapons maker with crimes against international and humanitarian law. DeYoung, protesters were told, was not available.

Police were called, and protesters were told that if they didn’t leave the Alliant property they’d be arrested. A dozen of the protesters sat down, leading to their arrests. Those arrested were escorted from the property — “respectfully’’ —issued citations and released.

The group has held weekly vigils outside Alliant headquarters since 1996. In that time, police have made 733 arrests.

Given that Alliant has announced that it’s moving its headquarters to D.C., AlliantAction will hold its 798th — and last — vigil on Oct. 5.

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