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Protesters demonstrate inside Arch Coal headquarters

Seven protesters locked to a 500-pound tree inside Arch Coal’s headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo.

CHARLESTON, WV — “Seven people, including at least one West Virginian, locked themselves to a 500-pound potted tree inside Arch Coal’s headquarters in Creve Coeur, Mo. on Tuesday in a protest against strip mining.

A larger group performed songs and dances in the building’s lobby, according to the protesters, who are affiliated with the groups Radical Action for Mountain Peoples’ Survival, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and Mountain Justice.

‘We’re here to halt Arch’s operations for as long as we can. These coal corporations do not answer to communities, they only consume them.  We’re here to resist their unchecked power,’ Margaret Fetzer, one of the protesters, said in a news release.”

— Paul J. Nyden, The Charleston Gazette

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