Several people protesting oil and coal trains were arrested in Spokane Wednesday afternoon.
The protesters were standing on the railroad tracks near Trent and Napa in an attempt to block trains. Protesters say at one point, there were 20 to 30 protesters at the tracks, and they were told they would all be arrested if they didn't move. Three women, part of the "Raging Grannies" according to a press release, remained on the tracks singing a song set to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad." They were eventually placed into handcuffs and taken into custody. They were later released.
Another protester, Deena Romoff, said in a release, "“There is incredible denial surrounding this issue of fossil fuels and no one is talking about the perils that await us if government and societies do not take action now. This is why I need to take action now...I can no longer wait!”
Rail traffic was stopped for about 90 minutes during the protest.