Yesterday, West Virginia State Police arrested 20 mountaintop coal mine protesters charging them with trespassing and obstruction. They are currently being held on a combined $500,000 bail, a whopping $25,000 per person.
One protester, Dustin, was reportedly beaten by law enforcement while in custody. Witnesses reported that other protesters were beaten, too.
According to RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival), "Mountaintop removal is a crime against humanity that has left a legacy of poisoned air and water, high cancer rates, economic exploitation, and devastated communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia. Corrupted legislators and regulators at the state and federal levels have failed to take action to stop these atrocities, leaving direct action as the last resort for conscientious residents aiming to save the land and people of Appalachia."
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