100 Arrested at White House Protest

Protesters rally against mountaintop removal mining

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NBC 5 News

More than 100 protesters were arrested outside the White House Monday. They were part of a large demonstration against mountaintop removal mining.

The impassioned group called on President Barack Obama and Congress to ban what they believe to be an environmentally unsafe practice.

Mountaintop mining involves clearing forests. Explosives are used to blow holes in the earth to expose the coal.  Machines then scoop out the coal. Sometimes the debris is then dumped into streams.

The protestors were arrested and taken to a bus.  Supporters cheered them on as they were led away.  Most went peacefully, but a few resisted. The arrest charges ranged  from crossing police lines to non-compliance of demonstration regulations.

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