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Continued: 30 people arrested during miners' union protest against Patriot Coal in W.Va.

  • Article by: VICKI SMITH , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 9, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Supporters, including several West Virginia politicians and labor leaders, said it's time for people to focus on electing new officials and changing the federal bankruptcy laws so they protect people rather than corporations.

"Businesses don't build themselves. It's the workers," said West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. "There are business leaders who know that what's happening at Patriot is not right. So we have this judge who says she has to do this because of the laws. Well, we need to change those laws."

Fred Moorehead, a retired miner from Carolina, W.Va., joined the protest to support those hurt by Patriot, even though he worked for Pennsylvania-based CONSOL Energy.

"If it goes through with them, it's going to trickle down to us," he said. "If they get away with it, I'm pretty sure the rest are gonna try it."

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