Jackson freed after Ill. workers’ protest arrest

Published: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT
(AP Photo/The Journal-Standard, Joe Tamborello)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson (third from right) speaks Wednesday outside Fire Station No. 3 in Freeport, where he was processed on criminal trespass to property charges by Freeport police. Jackson and about a dozen workers were arrested during a protest at Sensata Technologies, which is owned by Bain Capital.

FREEPORT – The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he joined workers at a northern Illinois plant that’s slated to close because their fight to save their jobs is “the essence of the American struggle.”

Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday with about a dozen other protesters who marched onto the property at Sensata Technologies. The company is in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China, at a cost of 170 jobs from the Illinois plant.

The protesters were cited for violating Freeport’s trespassing ordinance and released. Jackson said the protests will continue next week.

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