Early this morning around 8:30 AM, five activists held a road block lockdown at the entrance of Oregon Health & Science University's National Primate Research Center. Thirty protesters showed up in support shortly after the lockdown. Workers at the center were delayed for well over an hour as the activists held their ground. The Primate Center is notorious for their torture of primates in the use of pointless experimentation that have proved nothing in over 40 years of research. The center has had on going construction on their main access road, and scrambled to construct a makeshift roadway where one was previous torn out. Their efforts didn't lessen the blockade though, as the newly fashioned dirt road was fast sinking during use. Four long hours later, at 12:45 p.m., the police cautiously cut them out and eventually had to use a reciprocating saw borrowed from the fire department. The supporter rally stayed with them throughout, with persistent chanting, through police threats of arrest and K-9 unit scare tactics. It definitely was a burden for OHSU, as costs for a construction crew to provide a dirt roadway, just to tear it all back up again put a serious kink in their day's work. Not to mention how employee work and productivity was definitely disrupted. As the paddywagon, containing the five arrested activists, doors where closing as they were still chanting along with their team of supporters.
For more information on the animal experimentation going on at the ONPRC, please visit: http://www.ohsukillsprimates.com
Please stay tuned for updates on the statuses of the activists as well as pictures and video of the action!