Peace Coalition tested by test-site fines 

Members of the Idaho Peace Coalition caravanned to a former (and perhaps future) nuclear test site last week to join about 450 people in a protest against nuclear production, and to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

The Nevada Desert Experience, based in Las Vegas, organized the protest and a vigil for victims of the bombings, said Carolyn Fabis of the Peace Coalition.

Fabis said after the vigil, held Aug. 6, about 170 people passed a "no trespassing" sign at the test site and were cited for civil disobedience. Half the Idaho group-five people-were issued a $315 citation. According the Fabis, the Nevada group recommended that none of the ticketed protesters pay their fees. "Nobody pays it, apparently," she said. "There's never been any follow-up.

Sister Megan Rice, 75, a member of the Nevada group, said they have been running events like these for 25 years, and had not caused legal repercussions for anyone not paying the citation tickets.

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