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Protester charged after locking himself to a barrel of dirty water in front of WV Governor's Mansion

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A man who locked himself to a barrel of dirty water on the front doorsteps of the Governor's Mansion Aug. 21 was charged with trespassing on government property and also obstruction.

David Baghdadi of Rock Creek locked himself to a barrel of dirty water early in the afternoon in protest of Appalachian coal slurry impoundments. He identified himself as a member of Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival, or RAMPS.

He appeared to be locked inside a pipe, but while he was en route to a Charleston-area hospital for an x-ray, he released his grip. He appeared before Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager, who set his bail at $5,000, and among the terms of his release was a requirement that he stay off the Capitol Complex grounds, which includes the Governor's mansion.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was not at the Governor's Mansion at the time of the protest.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Communications Director Larry Messina said the diversion of resources, such as firefighters and police, that might have been needed elsewhere was "a major concern."