Occupy Portland spent a mostly mellow afternoon in Richland's John Dam Plaza on Sunday.
About 150 attended, hearing messages in opposition to nuclear war, nuclear energy and nuclear waste.
Some of the many speeches were gruesomely graphic -- including activist Dr. Helen Caldicott's description of a nuclear holocaust.
But the sun shone, children and dogs played, people danced to the music of Portland bands, tribal members beat drums, and good food was eaten.
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Speakers repeatedly reminded the crowd that they were there because Richland is next to the most radiologically contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere, the Hanford nuclear reservation where weapons plutonium was produced during World War II and the Cold War.
"It's the belly of the beast," Caldicott said.
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