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Updated: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 17:22:57 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Keystone XL pipeline protesters arrested at White House



Alex Smiley and Katy Hellman, who are strapped to the White House fence in Washington, chant during a protest against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

Alex Smiley and Katy Hellman, who are strapped to the White House fence in Washington, chant during a protest against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

Police are arresting a couple hundred people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The protesters were mostly college students who participated in a peaceful march that began at Georgetown University and ended outside the White House.

They chanted "climate justice now" and carried signs such as "don't tarnish the earth" in their efforts to convince U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline. They say it will contribute to global warming. Protesters were passionate but quite orderly.

Police were waiting for them with buses and vans to speed the process. The protesters cheered as U.S. Park Police warned them that blocking the sidewalk or strapping themselves to the fence would lead to their arrest.

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