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8 mountaintop removal mining protesters arrested at company's headquarters in Virginia
Reported by: Associated Press
Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:46 PM EDT
Eight people protesting mountaintop removal coal mining were arrested outside Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.
Police say one of the protesters tied himself to a flagpole and flew a banner saying "Save Coal River Mountain." Demonstrators also chained the building's doors on the outside Friday morning.
Media outlets report that charges against the protesters include trespassing, obstructing free passage, disorderly conduct and violation of fire codes. A Monday court date was set.
Alpha spokesman Steve Hawkins says the activists are members of a West Virginia-based group that's protesting a broader issue that does not relate to the local community.