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Anti-Fracking Protester Destroys Hotel In Rampage, Gets Arrested [VIDEO]

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An anti-hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, protester was arrested after leading dozens of other greens on an extremely disruptive rampage through a Reno hotel to protest a Bureau of Land Management auction.

Bob Fulkerson, an activist with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, was arrested for trespassing on private property and disruption. Another protester was also cited for trespassing, according to Reno Police. The protesters even brought performance artists clad in black bodysuits, who staged a “die-in” in the entryway of the hotel.

The stated goal of the activists was to stop fracking on Nevada public lands. Despite the “die in” and arrest, the activists likely failed to stop the auction.

“The hotel security was very adamant that this was private property and immediately violently detained one of our leaders threw him to the ground (and) cut his chin open,” Ruth Breech, an environmental activists who helped organize the rally, recounted to a local media outlet.”It’s really unclear whether the auction has been canceled.”

The activists were holding signs with anti-fracking slogan such as “Keep it in the ground” and “Frack free Nevada” and chanting similar slogans.

Anti-fracking activists regularly resort to extremely disruptive tactics that get them arrested or charged with illegal activity. The Bureau of Land Management moved the auction once officials heard about the rampage. Federal and state law mandates that fracking operations in Nevada must ultimately be approved by the state.

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