- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - Eight people protesting mountaintop removal coal mining were arrested outside Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia.

Mountain Justice, an environmental organization, says the activists also were protesting the opening of new mines on Coal River Mountain in southern West Virginia.

Police say one of the protesters tied himself to a flagpole and flew a banner saying “Save Coal River Mountain.” Demonstrators also chained the building’s doors on the outside Friday morning.

Media outlets report that charges against the protesters include trespassing, obstructing free passage, disorderly conduct and violation of fire codes. A Monday court date was set.

Alpha spokesman Steve Hawkins says the activists are members of a West Virginia-based group that’s protesting a broader issue that does not relate to the local community.

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