Appalachian Mountains coal company target of protesters
Saturday, July 9, 2005
A Friday protest in downtown Richmond drew around 200 protesters to Virginia's state capital to demonstrate against practices of . Demonstrators marched through town and gathered in front of the company’s office building where nearly 20 laid in the street of the city’s main thoroughfare, and were nearly arrested. A few linked arms around a sidewalk structure to avoid being hauled away by police.
Chanting “Blankenship, Blankenship, Blankenship,” and waving bed sheets for flags, the demonstrators demanded to be seen and heard by the Massey Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship. Arrests forwere avoided when two security guards were sent by the company to retrieve a list of their demands.
The demonstration, timed to coincide with Scotland's G8 conference, was organized by a group called “Mountain Justice Summer” and environmentalists to protest mountain top removal mining techniques. The company’s mining operations are located in the in the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Massey is the United States' fourth-largest coal mining operation.
A statement issued by a Massey spokesman defended their respect of people’s rights, and decried what they said was, “a great deal of misinformation.”
Thereported that unofficial "legal observers" accompanied the demonstrators and carried notebooks to record crowd and police activity.
- Greg Edwards and Paige Akin. "RAISING THEIR VOICES: Protest targets Massey" — , July 9, 2005
- Dionne Walker, AP writer. "Coal protesters march at Massey" — , July 9, 2005
- Molly Seltzer. "Summary of today's Mountain Summer Justice protest." — , July 8, 2005
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