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SALT LAKE CITY — Seconds after the Utah Inland Port Authority's meeting began Wednesday, chaos erupted.
Protesters with the group Civil Riot swarmed the port board meeting — many wearing surgical face masks marked with an "X" — ran to the front of the committee room at the Utah State Capitol, some locking arms as nearly a dozen Utah Highway Patrol troopers jumped into action to escort them out for violating rules of decorum.
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"We are here to stop the port," one female protester shouted. "Your meeting failed because it will destroy our communities. This is not OK."
Protesters disrupt a Utah Inland Port Authority board meeting at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
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Nearly a dozen troopers, who were standing at the ready even before the meeting started, began forcibly removing those who resisted. Derek Miller, the port authority's board chairman, told board members to exit the room through a back door.
"Look, we're not going anywhere, OK?" a lead protester, Ethan Petersen, shouted from the back of the room, where he was handcuffed to a door handle. "We're not going anywhere. This meeting's done."
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Petersen continued shouting as several troopers began forcing him out of the room.
"This project is environmentally destructive," Petersen yelled. "It will exacerbate climate change. This is destruction of the planet. we're not going to allow it anymore. You don't represent us."
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Troopers told Petersen to "stop" as they wrestled him in the hallway, where he laid down on his back. Troopers eventually arrested him, placing him in handcuffs before carrying him to an elevator.
Petersen was later booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of interfering with an arresting officer and interrupting an official government meeting, according to jail records. Three others were cited and released for interrupting an official government meeting but weren't arrested,...
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