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Six people arrested during Raleigh protest

Posted October 25, 2009 11:21 a.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2009 4:28 p.m. EDT

— Police arrested six people on trespassing charges during a climate-change protest in downtown Raleigh Saturday afternoon.

State Capitol Police Chief Scott Hunter said the group of about 150 people had a permit to march from Moore Square to the Governor's Mansion, but didn't have permission to go onto the mansion grounds. Officers were on hand for crowd control, he said.

Once at the mansion, about a half-dozen people strayed onto the property, Hunter said. When they refused to move, officers arrested six protesters.

The six were charged with second-degree trespassing and released on a written promise to appear in court.

N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network organized the march to protest Duke Energy's plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in Rutherford County. The march was among 4,500 global events Saturday that called for lowering the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.