Protestors arrested at Philly casino site

FISHTOWN - September 29, 2009 The group Casino-Free Philadelphia was there to oppose the construction of the Sugarhouse Casino along the Delaware River.

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The protestors could be seen wearing shirts that said "Bankrupting casinos" on the front with "before they bankrupt us" on the back.

The group was blocking the entrance to the casino construction site. Before the arrests began, police told protestors they were welcome to demonstrate on the sidewalk on either side of the gate, as it was their first amendment right.

But, if they continued to block the gate, they would be arrested.

"These casinos are brought to us by force, not by choice," one protestor said in response to the police warning. "We will be back. We are not going anywhere."

A short time later, Philadelphia police officers started the arrests, binding some of protestors' hands with plastic ties and leading them into police vehicles.

The protest took place as word comes the state gaming commission has given Sugarhouse the go-ahead to break ground on October 8th.

Sugarhouse hopes to have an interim casino running by July of next year.

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