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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia State Police say about 20 protesters were arrested at a Lincoln County coal mine.

Capt. D.M. Nelson said most of those arrested were charged with trespassing July 28 after they ignored orders to leave Patriot Coal's Hobet strip mine. He said they were being processed and likely would be arraigned by a magistrate late the same night.

The protest was organized by an anti-coal group, the Radical Action for Mountain Peoples' Survival. The group said its "Mountain Mobilization" event was intended to draw attention to mining practices that are endangering the health and safety of West Virginians and others in the Appalachian region.

Nelson and members of RAMPS said the mine was shut down for about three hours during the protest.

RAMPS said in a news release that more than 50 protesters converged on Hobet mine. The group acknowledged that several members of the group were arrested at the site, and two others were arrested earlier at Kanawha State Forest.

Patriot Coal officials did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages.

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