Anti-coal group stages 'zombie' march on banks
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A group protesting proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest staged a Halloween "zombie" march to Bank of America branches in downtown Portland.
Police arrested one man in zombie makeup Monday after a bank employee identified him as the person who left a red substance and pieces of paper stuck to glass in the lobby.
Sgt. Pete Simpson says 27-year-old Tim Swenson was arrested for investigation of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
The direct action environmental group Portland Rising Tide says its "zombie army against coal" marched from the Occupy Portland encampment to two Bank of America branches. It says one of its protesters was accused of putting red corn syrup on the exterior of one branch. The group says it's upset about bank loans to coal companies.
A number of environmental groups are concerned about efforts by coal companies to build port terminals near Bellingham and Longview, Wash., to export coal to the Far East.