- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Seven people who protested the movement of a coal train through Missoula were cited for disorderly conduct after sitting near the railroad tracks, forcing the Montana Rail Link train to slow down.

More than 20 people from the Blue Skies Campaign and 350-Missoula held the protest at a city railroad crossing Sunday afternoon.

MRL officials called police, who arrived shortly before the train got to the crossing.

Sergeant J.C. Denton told the protesters that officers supported their right to protest, but said those who were near the tracks were a public safety hazard and would be charged if they didn’t move away.

As the train arrived at the crossing, Denton told the seven protesters they were being cited for disorderly conduct and he asked them to follow him away from the tracks.

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