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210 arrested at Chevron refinery protest

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Richmond police arrested 210 people at a non-violent protest outside the Chevron refinery on Saturday.

Police Captain, Mark Gagan, has indicated that more than 2500 people gathered at the Richmond BART station and marched the 2 mile distance to the refinery.

Approximately 2800 people ultimately congregated at the site in order to listen to speeches by activists, environmentalists and local dignitaries, intended to commemorate the first anniversary of the 6th August 2012 fire.

Following the speeches, more than 500 attendees pushed police officers back approximately 25 ft to the Chevron property where they then sat down and refused to move.

Despite receiving trespass warnings, protesters remained seated leading police to resort to arrest.

Police cited a total of 209 people for trespassing, and one person for battery. However, Gagan has outlined that this latter individual was not there in support of the protest.

No injuries have been reported and no property was damaged in the incident.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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