Opponents of Boston biolab stage walk to protest laboratory

A group of approximately 24 people gathered in South Boston on Friday to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed Level 3 and Level 4 infectious disease research labs at Boston University.

The opponents of the lab staged the walk exactly one week before time will run out for the court to stop the opening of the labs at the university's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. The high-level research facilities would house contagious diseases such as anthrax and the Ebola virus, the Boston Occupier reports.

The National Institutes of Health approved the labs earlier this year.

"We seem to be at the 11th hour, or maybe a little after 11," Claire Carter, a representative of the New England Peace Pagoda, said, according to the BBoston Occupier. "But it's not 12 yet."

Organizers from the Peace Pagoda, Veterans for Peace, the Coalition to Stop the Biolab and Safety Net joined forces to protest a decade-long effort to introduce the lab. The critics cite the danger of placing such an operation in a densely populated area like Boston, the Boston Occupier reports.

"Do not quit," Charmaine Whiteface, a member of the South Dakota-based Ogala Sioux Tribe, said, according to the Boston Occupier. "Do not stop. Keep on. We must stop this abomination to humanity."

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