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Police arrest protesting coal miners

Hundreds of Ky. coal miners stage protest

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Hundreds of coal miners marched through downtown Tuesday to protest a federal bankruptcy ruling that will cause thousands of retired coal workers to lose their medical coverage. Seventeen people were arrested.

August 31st, 2004 Horizon Rally

Click here to read the story (Associated Press)

To see video of the protest and arrest (WKYT TV)
The 'Lexington 17' pose for a picture shortly after being released from jail.
The 'Lexington 17' pose for a picture shortly after being released from jail.

Today we took to the streets for the third time to show opposition to this injustice which has happened to the employees and retirees of Horizon Natural Resources.

The 17 that were arrested are true martyrs to the cause. A clear message has been sent to not only Horizon, those who plan to purchase the bankrupt assets, our elected officials and the people...we aren't going to take it anymore. We must reform corporate bankruptcy laws and we are not going to stop until it happens.

I would like to thank all those who supported today's rally, including many elected officials , who either attended or sent letters of support. We thank you all, but our fight has only just begun and we need you to continue showing support of bankruptcy law reformation and that the U.S. Senate provide funding for those workers who have been orphaned because of corporations filing bankruptcy and not honoring contracts, pensions and medical benefit plans.

Please refer to the preceeding blog entry of how you can help and show your support.

Today it was the employees of Horizon, you could be next. Take action.


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