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Arrests Made on Raytheon Picket Line

Aired September 7, 2000 - 2:21 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The union strike against the Raytheon Corporation turned violent today as police moved in and arrested some demonstrators.

Reporter Mary Saladna of CNN affiliate WCVB has more on the confrontation and why each side is blaming the other for causing the problems.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARY SALADNA, WCVB-TV REPORTER (voice-over): About two dozen Teamsters joined IBEW members on the Raytheon picket line this mornings. And around 9:45, things took a turn for the ugly.

CHIEF BRIAN PATTULLO, ANDOVER POLICE: People were arrested for disorderly conduct. They were shoving the police officers that were trying to open the line, and they were placed under arrest because of that. If they don't what to comply with our orders, then we have to take action. People that are agitators will be taken off the line and be placed under arrest.

SALADNA: That's the police chief's version of what's happening. The rank and file tell a different story.

LARRY JONES, RAYTHEON STRIKER: We're marching and they bring the tactical people in. And what they're doing is they're squeezing everybody, telling them to move back. There's no place to go. And then they take them special shoes that they wear, they step on everybody's toes trying to get them to move back, then they lunge forward and then they take them down and arrest them.

SALADNA: Most of those arrested this morning were Teamsters, not striking Raytheon workers. Police blame the Teamsters for agitating the IBEW crowd.

The Teamsters leadership isn't backing down.

GEORGE CASHMAN, TEAMSTERS LOCAL 25: Our people were trying to demonstrate lawfully. And I think that the word that we hear is that the more assistance we give, you know, the more action that will be taken against us. All we want to do is express ourselves in a way that's meaningful and allows these people to feel the sense of dignity that they deserve here on this picket line while they fight for justice for themselves and their families. (END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: A report from Mary Saladna from WCVB in Boston.

The strike at Raytheon has gone on for two weeks now.

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