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TODAY: Conditions “harsh and disproportionate” for red-carpet activists and Sea Shepherd bat-mobile sunk by whalers by Chuck Baclagon

Coverage in Spain and European free dailies continued yesterday on the campaign to release the four red-carpet activists in Copenhagen. Spanish news documented the condition of Juan Lopez de Uralde in prison as “thinner than usual”, with a quote from Kumi Naidoo referring to conditions as “harsh and disproportionate”. Reports described a cell with only a mattress and security camera.

GP’s Mario Rodriguez is quoted saying “surprisingly our colleagues are being treated as common criminals. We see disproportionate measures being carried out with them and believe they are a punishment to the civil society striving for a better world. We know that the government is acting, but we ask for higher intensity. And we are asking citizens to continue to mobilize for all the activists to be released immediately.”

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Marking Gandhi’s birthday by Chuck Baclagon
October 2, 2009, 4:14 am
Filed under: Greenpeace Core Values, Stop climate change | Tags: , , , ,

From Making Waves

One of our Communications Managers, Prajna Khanna, writes:

With the simple act of making salt, Gandhi concluded one of the most successful Non violent protests in History – the Salt march. He mobilised millions with his vision of a free state, symbolized by the freedom to make salt – the essence of Indian food. The United Nations marks the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth today as International day of Non Violence. And Greenpeace marks it with 22 activists in Svalbard – near the top of the world — by blocking a shipment of coal..

Gandhi’s non-violent protests were part of the struggle to gain India its independence from foreign rule. Greenpeace’s vision is for the future of the Earth. I grew up to the sounds of “vaishove janto” (Gandhi’s favourite hymn) with a Gandhian scholar as a mother and a grandfather who lived and breathed the principles of the Mahatma in every aspect of his life. My natural instinct was to steer far away from any means of livelihood that would have a mention of Gandhi or Nonviolence.

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A Time Comes: What it means to take action by Chuck Baclagon

The six Greenpeace activists who shut down a coal power station last year made history when a UK jury agreed that they were acting to safeguard property from the impacts of climate change. A new documentary takes you behind the scenes of that action, and into the heart of what Greenpeace and non-violent direct action is all about.

5 of the Kingsnorth 6 who in a landmark court case in September 2008 were acquitted of causing criminal damage by painting on a smokestack at the Kingsnorth coal power station, on the grounds of lawful excuse

5 of the "Kingsnorth 6" who in a landmark court case in September 2008 were acquitted of causing criminal damage by painting on a smokestack at the Kingsnorth coal power station, on the grounds of "lawful excuse"

The Kingsnorth Six were accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth power station.  Their defence of “lawful excuse” was accepted by the jury, which supported the right to take direct action to protect the climate from the burning of coal.

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Taking the easy way out… by Chuck Baclagon

News came about of intimidation from Panay Power Corporation (PPC), wherein their men harassed the Greenpeace Climate Defenders Camp in Barangay Ingore, Iloilo City, Philippines and endangered the safety of peaceful activists.

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