Appalachia Rising: Mass Arrest outside of White House at anti coal mining demonstration
About 100 arrested in DC mountaintop mining rally
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER (AP) – 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON — Around 100 people have been arrested outside the White House while protesting against mountaintop removal mining.
The protesters were arrested Monday after refusing orders from U.S. Park Police to leave the sidewalk outside the White House. They staged a rally at nearby Freedom Plaza earlier in the day.
The crowd of mostly youthful ralliers carried signs like “Blowing Up Mountains for Coal Poisons People” and “Mountain ecosystems won’t grow back.” Some carried small white crosses adorned with messages such as “water pollution” and “corporate greed.”
In mountaintop removal mining, forests are clear-cut, explosives blast apart the rock, and machines scoop out exposed coal. The earth left behind is dumped into valleys, often covering intermittent streams.