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UPDATE: Mine protesters in jail, charged with trespassing



RAMPS released a statement to 13 News regarding the arrest of 20 protesters over the weekend at a local coal mine.

"The blatant cooperation between law enforcement and the coal industry makes me embarrassed as a West Virginian," said protestor Junior Walk. "This brutality and disregard for safety is one of the clearest examples of the hold the coal industry has on the state government."

West Virginia State Police troopers say 20 members of a group, who protested at a coal mine have been arrested. 

Members of the group Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival held a protest against surface mining, near the Hobet Mining property, between Boone and Lincoln counties.

Some of those who trespassed chained themselves to mining equipment on the property.

The perpetrators were arrested by the West Virginia State Police for trespassing, according to a news release sent to 13NEWS. 

They were arraigned in Lincoln County Magistrate Court, and given a $25,000 bond.  People who were unable to post bond, were transported to the Western Regional Jail. 

The Hobet Mining Co. reported no property damage and very little, if any, disruption of mining activities.   

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