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Costumed Environmentalist Group Arrested Outside Disney Studios

BURBANK (CBS) — A group of environmental activists dressed as Disney characters was arrested on Wednesday after chaining themselves to the front gates at Walt Disney Studios and putting up a banner, police said.

The arrests were made at the studio entrance at 500 S. Buena Vista St. about 7 a.m., with all four booked on suspicion of trespassing, Burbank police Sgt. Sean Kelley said.

Kelley said a banner was put over a Disney sign, and security guards held the activists for police.

The sign, placed just below "Disney" on the gate, read: "Disney: Destroying Indonesia's Rainforests."

The protesters, who are reportedly members of the Rainforest Action Network, were unhappy with Disney's use of paper products in children's books that supposedly come from endangered rain forests in Indonesia, according to the RAN website.

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