Police confiscated climbing equipment in bookbags including carabiners, yellow safety vests and rope, police Sgt. No one was injured, he said, describing the incident as a deliberate public act to try to create public pressure without regard to what he called “the legality of the tactics.” The protest became a midmorning spectacle, with perhaps 60 to 70 workers and pedestrians milling about and stopping to take photos.
In that latter post he implemented a revolutionary land-reform policy and secured political participation for the lower castes.
He was elected to represent Andhra Pradesh districts in the Lok Sabha (lower chamber of the Indian parliament) in 1972 and, under Gandhi and her son and successor, Rajiv Gandhi, served in various ministries, notably as foreign minister (1980–84, 1988–89).
Justice, who could not be reached Thursday, has said most of the 277 violations were paperwork-related. In the view of the Roanoke protesters, Justice is an environmental scofflaw.
“He chooses the cheapest practices at the expense of his own employees,” said 32-year-old Erin Mc Kelvy of Lee County, who said she belongs to Mountain Justice and came out to support the cause.
By Jordan Fifer and Jeff Sturgeon | The Roanoke Times A group of protesters who unfurled a large banner criticizing coal magnate Jim Justice and the practices of his Roanoke-based mining company caused a spectacle in downtown Roanoke on Thursday morning, prompting a large police and fire response to take down the display.