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US pipeline protesters arrested for occupying state building

Vermont demonstrators demand end to natural gas infrastructure.

Dozens of anti-pipeline protesters were arrested in the US state of Vermont on Monday for staging a sit-in at the governor’s office. They were all part of hundreds of activists who gathered on the Statehouse lawn to demand Governor Peter Shumlin withdraw his support for the Vermont Gas pipeline project. 

Local activists argued the pipeline would be harmful to the environment and landowners, however, Shumlin rejected their calls to repeal state approval of the infrastructure project. Vermont Gas officials claim the pipeline would result in significant energy savings.

Using #TimesUpRiseUp, many shared scenes of the demonstration and arrests.