MERCURY, Nev. -- Nearly 150 people who participated in a prayer vigil and demonstration at the entrance of the Nevada Test Site were cited for trespassing on the nuclear weapons range, authorities said.
Jessie Cocks, a spokeswoman for the American Peace Test, the group conducting the three-day protest, said 107 of the 149 arrested refused to sign the trespassing citations and were transported by bus to Beatty to be booked and arraigned on the misdemeanor charges.
Cocks said about 350 people took part in a morning prayer vigil and speeches and civil disobedience Monday afternoon. The Department of Energy, which operates the test site, put the number at 220.
'We're mobilizing Americans to focus efforts to stop testing as a first step to nuclear disarmament,' said Cocks. 'We're not tolerating this government's ridiculous policies that are dangerous and suicidal.'
Cocks said among those arrested was author Anne Druyan, the wife of scientist Carl Sagan, who stepped across a white painted line marking the boundary of the test site, 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Sagan did not subject himself to arrest.
Also charged with trespassing were John Mack and Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School, who have been investigating the effects of the threat of nuclear war on the minds of children.
Cocks said about two dozen people climbed the fence within sight of the gate of the test site, but were quickly rounded up by Nye County Sheriff's deputies and test site security guards.
Protesters sprayed water on themselves to try to keep cool in the 100-degree desert heat. One man fainted, but was quickly revived and did not require medical attention.