The Latest: 52 activists cited for trespassing Washington

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Posted: May 15, 2016 1:16 PM
The Latest: 52 activists cited for trespassing Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on oil protests (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Fifty-two climate activists were cited for trespassing Sunday morning after authorities cleared their protest campsite on top of railroad tracks leading to two oil refineries in Washington..

One person was also cited for resisting arrest.

A spokeswoman for the protesters says she expected everyone to be processed and released from police custody. Emily Johnston says protests would continue around Anacortes on Sunday, but she doesn't expect people to return to the railroad tracks.

Protesters in kayaks and canoes were putting their boats in the water Sunday about 70 miles north of Seattle, to demand action on climate change and an equitable transition away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal.

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities cleared the tracks of protesters and arrested 52 climate activists Sunday morning in Washington state.

A spokesman for the rail line near two refineries in northwest Washington says about 150 people spent the night in tents and sleeping bags on the tracks near Anacortes, about 70 miles north of Seattle.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says they were asked to leave at about 5 a.m. and most gathered their belongings and peacefully left the area.

The rail line has been closed since Friday because of the protests. Melonas says trains will begin running Sunday afternoon.