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8 More Protesters Arrested at Test Site

Associated Press

Eight people were arrested at the Nevada Test Site Monday when they defied authorities and crossed onto the grounds as part of a monthlong anti-nuclear protest.

The eight were part of a group of 18 protesters who turned out at the desert site 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas in near-freezing weather. Six of the eight were taken to nearby Beatty, Nev., to face court appearances, while two signed citations agreeing to appear at a later date. All eight face misdemeanor trespass charges.

The 18 appeared despite a weekend announcement by the Department of Energy that it had revoked permits for three remaining demonstrations because protesters had failed to observe rules of their agreement with the government.

Monday’s action brought to 67 the number arrested since the demonstrations began Oct. 18.

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The group, calling itself the American Peace Test, had obtained a government permit for five demonstrations at the site during October and November. The last three demonstrations were scheduled for Monday, today and Nov. 18, on the eve of the Geneva summit.


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