Dramatic Confrontation between Protestors and Gogebic Taconite Employees

By KBJR News 1

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM CDT

Mellen, WI(NNCNOW.com) --- A new video surfaced on Thursday showing a dramatic confrontation between protestors and workers at the site of Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine in the Penokee Hills.

The video was posted to YouTube by "MT Wisconsin" and it was reportedly taken from a protestor's Facebook page.

The profanity-laced video shows several people, wearing masks, taunting a group of GTAC workers at a drill site.

In one portion of the video, one of the protestors can be seen getting into a physical altercation with a GTAC employee...allegedly grabbing her camera and breaking it.

The video led to pending criminal charges against the woman who allegedly took the camera.

She is expected to appear in Iron County Court on Monday for theft and damage to property.

Authorities say the protestors also blocked off the road to the mine site with wood and rock and used their own locks on the gate at the entrance of the mine.

GTAC says this video shows the vulnerability of their workers, especially since cell phone coverage is sketchy in that area.

They say this is why they hired the armed guards to patrol the site in Northwestern Wisconsin.

State lawmakers have spoken out against the behavior in the video.

Wisconsin Senator Bob Jauch issued a statement regarding the video saying that the quote "idiots shown on a you tube video do not represent the citizens of the North or the 99 % of the citizens of Wisconsin, who regardless of their view on mining, have respect for the rule of the law."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also released a statement on the behavior seen in the video.

He said the type of harassment and abuse we saw on the recent video of radical activists at Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine site has no place in Wisconsin.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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