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Protesters accused of blocking trains in Vancouver appear in court

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Twenty-one protesters were arrested over the weekend after they refused to move off some tracks near downtown Vancouver.

On Saturday, for more than three hours, the protesters held up five trains moving grain and wood products to the Port of Vancouver.

The protest was organized by the Fossil Fuel Resistance Network in response to the Union Pacific Railroad train derailment that spilled oil and caused fiery explosions earlier this month in Mosier.

Police said they offered dozens of warnings, and after a couple hours of waiting, they moved in to make arrests. The protesters were removed peacefully.

Twenty-one protesters were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.

The protesters were in court for a preliminary appearance. A formal arraignment is set for June 28.

Each protester faces up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

FOX 12 talked to one protester who was not among those arrested but showed up to show her support.

"Every great social movement has used civil disobedience throughout human history to create the type of change we need. Government business, they are not acting fast enough or quick enough to address this crisis," said Mia Reback.

Part of the concern that brought out the protesters is that the city could become home to a massive oil railway terminal proposed by oil giant Tesoro and its partner distributer Savage.

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