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The Latest: Officials condemn reports of violence at protest

July 10, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on arrests made after protesters of the Utah Inland Port Authority clashed with police (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Several Utah officials are condemning the reports of violence at a protest where demonstrators clashed with authorities during a rally against the Utah Inland Port Authority.

Gov. Gary Herbert called the actions “borderline terrorism” on Wednesday. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said she supports citizens’ right to protest but denounced violent behavior.

The protest started peacefully but turned violent after protesters tried to enter chamber of commerce building and were halted by police. Salt Lake City police say three people were cited and released Tuesday and five were taken to jail on suspicion of assault, trespassing and other charges.

Activists have raised concerns about the port project’s impact on air quality and wildlife. Protesters Tuesday also railed against immigration policy, climate change and capitalism.

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11:56 a.m.

Police arrested eight people after protesters of the Utah Inland Port Authority clashed with authorities.

Salt Lake City police say three people were cited and released Tuesday, but five were taken to jail on suspicion of charges that ranged from assault against a police officer and resisting arrest to trespassing and rioting.

The demonstration started peacefully outside the Salt Lake City Hall, but it took a chaotic turn when protesters entered the chamber of commerce building.

Police forced the group out, resulting in violent confrontations.

Police says officers and protesters had “bumps and bruises” but no serious injuries were reported.

Activists have raised concerns about the port project’s impact on air quality and wildlife, but the protesters Tuesday also railed against immigration policy, climate change and capitalism.

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