4 “Hands Off Appalachia” protesters facing charges after protesting UBS by climbing atop crane

Police say four people who climbed to the top of a crane to stage a protest today now face charges. They say protesters from the

Police say four people who climbed to the top of a crane to stage a protest today now face charges.

Police say four people who climbed to the top of a crane to stage a protest today now face charges. (11/25/13)

STAMFORD - Police say four people who climbed to the top of a crane to stage a protest today now face charges.

They say protesters from the group Hands Off Appalachia were 200 feet above Summer Street for hours this morning, holding a banner supporting an environmental cause. The banner demanded that UBS stop funding mountaintop-removal strip mining. The group claims mountaintop removal harms Appalachian communities and has been linked to increased rates of cancer.

Crews who were supposed to be on the crane working say the protesters kept them from getting work done.

Police say the protesters finally came down late this morning and that they face felony charges.

Chief Jon Fontneau, of the Stamford Police Department, says the protesters will likely be charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, and could face other charges.

News 12 reached out to UBS for comment, but did not hear back.

For video of UBS protest, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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