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Family Members Of Upper Big Branch Miners Slated To Rally In Charleston

Reported: Apr. 2, 2014 9:32 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Family members of Upper Big Branch miners are scheduled to rally Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Charleston.

ABC News said the rally will take place at noon. Posts on the UBB Miners Memorial Twitter page said that friends and family members of the 29 miners who lost their lives in the tragedy plan to rally until 3 p.m. They said they will remember the miners and demand justice after four years.

The rally comes on the heels of the release of a documentary posted on YouTube about the Upper Big Branch disaster. Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship funded the documentary, saying he believes the timing is right to release an accurate account of what happened in the 2010 disaster and that he would like to prevent future incidents.

Since Blankenship announced the documentary, it has sparked controversy. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has issued blistering criticism of the film. He maintains he was misled when he was interviewed and was told it was a project about mine safety. The senator has demanded that his name and interview be removed from the documentary.



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