Y-12 protesters gear up for upcoming trial

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of three nuclear protestors accused of breaking into the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex last summer.

That's why more than two dozen people gathered at the Church of the Savior Sunday evening for "Festival of Hope." Organizers said the event was held to prepare for the trial.

It was held after a weekly vigil held outside of Y-12. This time, they had several people join them from all over the country including Arizona, California and Wisconsin.

They flew to East Tennessee to support Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice and Michael Walli-- all facing felony charges for allegedly breaking into the complex. The trio is accused of cutting through a fence, putting up banners and splashing what appeared to be blood on the building.

Boertje-Obed told Local 8 News, if you're country is involved in killing innocent civilians, you have a right to stop it. That's why he said they did what they did.

He hopes the jury will listen to their explanation and agree with them.

For now, he's spending his time with those who share the same cause.

"I'm encouraged by the support. Many people have come from around the country. It's uplifting and inspiring to see all these people," he said.

Each could face up to 30 years in prison, if convicted.

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