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Two #ShellNo protesters facing criminal charges in Portland

Posted: Updated: Jul 31, 2015 11:51 PM

Protesters on the St. Johns Bridge, 13 people in harnesses and dozens more in kayaks below, brought the eyes of the world to Portland Thursday afternoon.

Protesters took a dramatic stand against a Shell Oil Company ship, the Fennica, but now two of them are facing local criminal charges.

Supporters of Jonah Majure applauded in court Friday, after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.

Majure locked himself to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge over the Willamette River in an attempt to stop the Fennica from getting to the St. Johns Bridge.

He claimed arrest was a risk worth taking.

“I mean everyone has to take some risks to make sure we're stopping catastrophic climate change,” Majure said.

Another protester facing charges is Christian Pence. Deputies claimed he was a kayak protester who ditched his boat and started swimming, then assaulted a deputy rescue swimmer as they tried to pull him from the water.

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