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Nine protesters arrested at Charlotte-area Bank of America branches

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Nine protesters were arrested Tuesday after hitting four Charlotte-area Bank of America branches in an effort to speak out against what they call "the bank's leading role in coal financing."

The protesters were part of Rainforest Action Network's campaign to confront Bank of America.

Activists say the bank's coal investments impact the quality of air in North Carolina and contribute to global climate change pollution.

Patricia Moore, 75, of Charlotte, was among the group that was arrested.

Moore says her granddaughter lives downwind of one of Charlotte's five coal fired power plants and suffers from chronic asthma.

"Most of the members of my family live within the ring of five coal plants that surround our city. When Bank of America funds coal, it sponsors the coal pollution that's hurting my family," said Moore.

"We stand together today as people who understand the many problems that stem from coal. With the stroke of a pen, BofA could move from funding dirty energy to funding clean energy and green jobs."

Patricia Beatty Moore, 75, Leah Elizabeth Henry, 58, Sarah Gene Shaw, 25, Anna Louise Long, 21, Elizabeth Marie Goyer, 23, Marc Anthony Smith, 23, Graddy Jonathan Page, 23, Steven Dodge Norris, 69, and Robert Ryan Halas, 25, were all arrested at one of the four branches.

All were charged with Second Degree Trespassing, according to CMPD.

Tuesday's protests at were at bank branches located at 210 E. Trade Street, 400 S. Tryon Street, 1235 East Boulevard, and 301 S. Kings Drive.

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