Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNC) has announced that the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium is organizing two peaceful demonstrations Saturday, April 2 at the entrances to the White Sands Missile Range at the Stallion Range Station and Tularosa Gate.
The protests are to support those who have been negatively affected by exposure to radiation as a result of the July 16, 1945 Trinity Atomic Test in south central New Mexico
The White Sands Missile Range holds an open house twice a year for the public to view the site of the Trinity Test. On July 16, 1945, just before dawn, the U.S. government conducted the first test explosion of a nuclear device in the Tularosa Basin at the White Sands Army Base. Without warning, the 40,000 people living in the immediate vicinity were engulfed in a radioactive cloud that continued to rain down radioactive particles for days.