Scores of anti-nuclear demonstrators, some of whom participated in the Great Peace March, were arrested Monday as they tried to keep workers from entering Energy Department headquarters in Washington and a nuclear test site in Nevada.
Several hundred protesters blocked entrances to the Department of Energy in Washington, and police said 140 were arrested. Most of those arrested, on a charge of "incommoding," or preventing people from using public areas, were released on $50 bond.
In Mercury, Nev., where the nation's nuclear weapons are tested, 59 protesters, including actor Martin Sheen, were reported arrested. The Nevada protesters were released on their own recognizance pending arraignments next month.
Work as Usual
About 100 protesters tried to block buses carrying workers, but work went on as usual, Energy Department spokesman Jim Boyer said. Jesse Cocks, a spokeswoman for the American Peace Test, which sponsored the protest, estimated the turnout at 200.