Gov. Herbert condemns anti-Inland Port protest as ‘borderline terrorism’

Gov. Utah Gary Herbert. File photo: Wikimedia Commons

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 9, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday night issued a statement condemning the protest earlier in the day against the Inland Port project.

Protesters started out in downtown Salt Lake City at the City and County Building and then moved into the Chamber of Commerce Building, where they filled the lobby and several went upstairs.

Their opposition to the controversial Inland Port, a huge import-export center planned for the western area of Salt Lake City, was on full display.

As some of the protesters became disruptive to the point of intimidating Chamber workers and physically assaulting a journalist who was recording the protest, officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department and assisting agencies moved in to restore some semblance of order. Several people were cited and at least five were taken into custody.

Gov. Herbert, in his statement, called the protest “borderline terrorism” and said such behavior cannot be tolerated.

The full statement is below:

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