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After 32 years, White House peace vigil taken down… then put back up again

Elvert Barnes

Photo by Flickr user Elvert Barnes/Creative Commons

For three decades a little white tent and two yellow signs calling for nuclear weapon ban have been one of the White House’s closest neighbors.

“Live by the bomb die by the bomb” is painted on one sign and “Ban all nuclear weapons or have a nice doomsday” marks the other.

The vigil site has called Lafayette Park home since 1981. For 24 hours a day, 365 days a year someone has attended to it – until 1:45 a.m. Thursday. reports the National Journal.

The U.S. Park Police dismantled the encampment early this morning when its lone guard walked away, but since then the items have been retrieved and the peace vigil restored.
The National Park Service says it was justified in removing the site while it sat unattended.

H/T Lauren Ehrler

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