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About 20 protesters arrested at W.Va. mine

Associated Press Modified: July 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm •  Published: July 28, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say about 20 protesters have been arrested at a Lincoln County coal mine.

Capt. D.M. Nelson said most of those arrested were charged with trespassing Saturday after they ignored orders to leave Patriot Coal's Hobet strip mine. He said they were being processed and likely would be arraigned by a magistrate late Saturday night.

The protest was organized by an anti-coal group, the Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival. The group said its "Mountain Mobilization" event was intended to draw attention to mining practices that are endangering the health and safety of West Virginians and others in the Appalachian region.

Nelson said the mine was shut down for about three hours during the protest.

Patriot Coal officials did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages.