Thousands in Romania protest plans for gold mine
October 14, 2013

Thousands of people blocked a major road in downtown Bucharest on Sunday to protest plans to create what would be Europe’s biggest gold mine.

Protesters marched past government headquarters yelling, “Your treason is measured in gold!” Demonstrations also took place in other cities, including the city of Cluj, where thousands called for the 2,000 year-old site where the open-cast mine will be located to be listed as a UNESCO heritage site.

Canada’s Gabriel Resources has been trying to gain permits to go ahead with the planned mine in northwest Romania’s town of Rosia Montana for 14 years.

The site has been mined for precious metals since at least Roman times, though work there stopped a few years ago. The Canadian company’s approach would be far more efficient and involve razing four mountains. It is expected to fully extricate all the gold and silver in a couple of decades.

The mine is believed to contain 314 tons of gold and 1,500 tons of silver.

Protests against the plans began after the government sent a law to parliament on Aug. 27 calling on lawmakers to give their support to the controversial project. A vote is expected in the coming weeks.

Opponents of the mine criticize plans to use cyanide in the extraction process, risking the health and well-being of the communities around the mine.


Armed Russian military have stormed a Greenpeace ship protesting against oil exploitation in remote Arctic waters.
September 20, 2013

According to the last communications from the Arctic Sunrise before all contact was cut at around 4.30pm BST, the Russians dropped guards on to the deck of the vessel by rope from a helicopter, rounded up the Greenpeace crew and broke into the wheel house and communications rooms.

Tweets from three people who locked themselves into a secure area on the ship said: “This is pretty terrifying. Loud banging. Screaming in Russian. They’re still trying to kick in the door”. Another said: “Crew are sitting on their knees on the helipad with guns pointed at them.”

Frank Hewetson, British action coordinator on the vessel, later said that 29 of the crew were being held under armed guard in the canteen.

"About 10 commandoes boarded by a soviet era helicopter. They pushed us aside and ordered us to lie flat out on the deck. They then smashed their way onto the bridge.

"Our engines have been turned off and they have isolated the captain Pete Wilcox. We have no idea what is happening."

The crew includes six British people as well as 10 other nationalities. No one has been reported injured.

The dramatic moves 60km north of the Russian coast near the island of Nova Zemlya, was described by Greenpeace executives in London as “an illegal act in international waters”.

"We have a right to be there. This was an entirely peaceful protest," said Arctic campaigner Ben Ayliffe.

But Russian diplomats accused the environmental group of “aggressive and provocative” actions this week after shots were fired by Russian coastguard and two activists from the Arctic Sunrise were arrested on Wednesday after scaling the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya platform which is drilling for oil in the area. The activists have been detained on the Russian coastguard ship Ladoga.

"The intruders’ actions … had the outward signs of extremist activity that can lead to people’s death and other grave consequences," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to Reuters, Russia summoned the Dutch ambassador asking him to ensure it was not repeated. The Arctic Sunrise is registered in Holland.

Gazprom plans to start production from the Prirazlomnaya platform next year 2014, according to Greenpeace, raising the risk of an oil spill in an area that contains three nature reserves protected by Russian law.

Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said: “This illegal boarding of a peaceful protest ship highlights the extreme lengths that the Russian government will go to keep Gazprom’s dangerous Arctic drilling away from public scrutiny. We ask President Putin to restrain the Coast Guard and order them to holster their guns and withdraw. We are a peaceful organisation and our protest has done nothing to warrant this level of aggression.”

Figures released this week suggest that the extent of Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its sixth lowest level on record, prompting scientists to warn that manmade climate change was bringing the days of an ice-free Arctic closer.


Vivienne Westwood joins anti-fracking protest camp as 1,000-strong crowd descends on Balcombe
August 16, 2013

Up to 1,000 new protesters, including the fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, started arriving in Balcombe today as the three-week protest against the possibility of fracking at the West Sussex village moved up a gear.

Like many of the existing protesters, the new influx of opponents plan to camp by the site for the next five days and organisers were furiously pitching tents, bringing in food and building make-shift toilets today, as dozens of extra police were drafted in.

Surrounded by activists, Dame Westwood called for a public debate on fracking, which she said could store up problems for decades to come if allowed to proceed.

"I’m anti-fracking and I’m here to protest. There has been no debate. They are trying to rush this thing through, for what?"

"I’m sure it’s bad and the only people who are going to benefit from it is this energy company….They all have vested interests. It’s a kind of club….Who do they [the government] think they are when I would say most of the country is really against fracking, particularly at this point in time, when we don’t know what’s at stake," she said.

The latest protesters, most of whom belong to a coalition called No Dash For Gas, will add to a core of about 200 protesters who started picketing the gate last month and have promised to take “direct action” rumored to include a plan to invade the site.

Cuadrilla, the company exploring for oil on the site to assess the potential for full-scale production, potentially using fracking, stopped drilling in anticipation of the heightened protest. The company, which is chaired by former BP chief executive Lord Browne, said it will only turn the drill on when it can be confident the site won’t be breached - expected to be towards the end of next week at the earliest.


More than 200 arrested for demonstrating against Chevron
August 5, 2013

Police arrested more than 200 demonstrators for trespassing at Chevron Corp in the California city of Richmond on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of a massive refinery fire and to protest a proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The arrests came as a throng of sunflower-carrying picketers chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go,” as people of all ages walked onto Chevron’s property to draw attention to a growing movement against fossil fuel.

Police Captain Mark Gagan said the arrests included three people in wheelchairs and demonstrators as young as 18 years old. 

Environmentalist Bill McKibben, who is leading a call for using only renewable energy, was one of the first to be handcuffed. He had earlier joined Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin in a rally, one in a series across the nation over the environmental consequences of continuing to burn oil and to protest TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The protest came a day after the city of Richmond filed suit against Chevron over a pipeline rupture and fire that sent a cloud of smoke over the northern California city and neighboring Bay Area communities last August.

The lawsuit seeks damages for the city and its residents and alleges the company ignored repeated warnings, delayed repairs and could have avoided the fire. It followed a dozen similar incidents at Chevron over two decades, the suit says.

"Our community is at risk every day for another fire and explosion," the mayor told the crowd. She said the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health had issued 11 citations of willful neglect to Chevron’s Richmond refinery.

At least 15,000 people went to hospitals with respiratory complaints in the hours and days after the fire.

The Keystone XL pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of crude from Canada’s oil sands and the Bakken shale in North Dakota and Montana to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. It would be subject to leaks and accidents which could leave innumerable people with dirty, contaminated water likely to result in higher incidences of related cancers and illnesses. 

President Barack Obama’s administration is expected to decide whether to approve the pipeline by early 2014.


U.S. ‘accidentally’ bombs the Great Barrier Reef in disastrous military-exercise
July 21, 2013

Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week, when a training exercise went wrong, the US Navy said, angering environmentalists.

The two AV-8B Harrier jets, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard, each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement on Saturday. The four bombs, weighing a total 1.8 metric tons (4,000 pounds), were dropped into more than 50 meters (164ft) of water, away from coral, to minimize possible damage to the reef, the statement said. None exploded.

The jets, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, had intended to drop the ordnances on the Townshend Island bombing range, but aborted the mission when controllers reported the area was not clear of hazards. The pilots conducted the emergency jettison because they were low on fuel and could not land with their bomb load, the Navy said.

The emergency happened on the second day of the biennial joint training exercise Talisman Saber, which brings together 28,000 US and Australian military personnel over three weeks. The US Navy and Marine Corps were working with Australian authorities to investigate the incident, the Navy said.

A 7th Fleet spokesman did not immediately respond on Sunday, when asked by email whether the dumping posed any environmental risk.

Australian Senator Larissa Waters, the influential Greens spokeswoman on the Great Barrier Reef, described the dumping of bombs in such an environmentally sensitive area as “outrageous” and said it should not be allowed.

"Have we gone completely mad?" she told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "Is this how we look after our World Heritage area now? Letting a foreign power drop bombs on it?"

Graeme Dunstan, who is among the environmentalists and anti-war activists demonstrating against the joint exercises, said the mishap proved that the US military could not be trusted to protect the environment.

"How can they protect the environment and bomb the reef at the same time? Get real," Dunstan said from the Queensland coastal town of Yeppoon, near where the war games are taking place.


Activists in the Philippines turn out mass rally of activists to boost world movement against coal
June 29, 2013

On the eve of the global day of action against coal, Filipinos showed their opposition to dirty energy in a series of protest rallies, adding their voices to the growing movement across the world that seeks to end the age of coal to save the world’s climate.

More than 60 events are being organized in 12 countries*, some of which are key coal battlegrounds. The Philippines saw community action today in Davao City where belonging to No To Coal Davao and Greenpeace, marched along historic Freedom Park, with a giant banner saying “End the Age of Coal”.

“Filipinos deserve to live in a coal-free environment. We want to be free from worries and fears that dirty fossil fuels like coal bring,” said Beau Baconguis, Program Manager for Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “The Philippines is already bearing the brunt of climate change impacts. It is simply illogical and immoral to pump more carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, which will only bring more destruction to the nation and will jeopardize the health and security of the country.”

All over the world, communities, business groups, and civil society are standing up and taking bold steps to pressure their governments to switch from coal to clean, sustainable, renewable energy.

Greenpeace says the aggressive development of coal-fired power plants in the country is almost criminal and contradicts the spirit of the Renewable Energy Law and other environmental laws that seek to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

The share of renewable energy in the total power generation continues to dwindle as the share for coal steadily increases year on year. In fact, there are 26 coal-fired power plant project proposals in the offing, 14 of which are already committed and 12 are indicative. “If all are constructed and become operational, it will surely edge out renewable energy technologies altogether, and lock us to dirty energy in the next three to four decades,” Baconguis stressed.

Anti- coal communities organized different activities to protest against dirty energy and to make way for a new age powered by clean, renewable energy. Cebu saw a flotilla of boats protesting near the KEPCO coal plant in Naga City, while in Zamboanga, an End the Age of Coal forum was held at the Western Mindanao State University. More mass public actions are set to take place in Bataan, Zambales, and Sarangani on June 29, the official global day of coal action.

“We will not allow the government’s short sighted vision bind us into a dirty energy future, which we are already paying a heavy price tag for its impacts,” said Dr. Jean Lindo of No To Coal Davao. “It’s time to take action and end the discussion: let’s end the age of coal!”

See all 11 photos at the source (Greenpeace Phillipines)

The GLOBAL #Fearless Summer

Hundreds of climate activists join hundreds of anti-capitalists (& certainly many/most are likely both) in Canary Wharf’s biggest protest
June 14, 2013

One of London’s key financial districts saw its biggest ever protest on Friday as an estimated 200 people occupied Canary Wharf to protest against public spending cuts and lack of action against climate change. Among the protesters were pensioners, children, people with disabilities, a brass band, musicians and a range of groups including Fuel Poverty Action, Disabled People Against Cuts, the Greater London Pensioners Association, No Dash for Gas and UK Uncut.

A spokeswoman for the event said: “We picked Canary Wharf because it’s a symbol of out-of-control neoliberal capitalism. It’s completely private property where protests have been outlawed. We’ve come here because we want to pull together anti-capitalist, climate and anti-austerity struggles.”

The owner of Canary Wharf has previously taken legal action and put in place security measures to prevent protests in home of some of Britain’s biggest banks. The action was part of a range of anti-G8 protests currently taking place, but unlike other events this one passed peacefully.

Protesters erected and scaled bamboo tripods – structures designed to prevent attempts to clear the area by force. An assembly, speeches and workshops were held, as well as creative activities, music and poetry performances and guerilla gardening. James Granger, of Fuel Poverty Action, who helped organize the event, said the banks and financial institutions in Canary Wharf are “bankrolling fossil fuel projects across the world which are causing climate change and fuel poverty”.

"The price of fossil fuels is increasing, which is leading to one-quarter of the UK population facing the choice between heating and eating," he said. "I’m here to say that there is an alternative – renewable energy which is cheaper and cleaner, and an economy that works for the needs of people not the needs of profit."

Betty Cottingham of the Greater London Pensioners Association said: “I’m here to protest along with the young and middle-aged people about what this lot are doing to our world. There’s going to be 3,000 extra deaths this winter because pensioners and other people daren’t turn the heating on.”

A Canary Wharf banker, who did not wish to be named, said he did not make the link between banking and the recession. “If it hadn’t been caused by banking it would have been caused but something else,” he said. “I think these people are here because they care about what’s going on out there and the recession has given them a justification to get out here and do this.”


The fourth protest against the increase of metropolitan public fares dof São Paulo (Brazil).
After 45 min. the demonstration was brutally suppressed by the military police, which used moral effect pumps, rubber bullets, tear gas and the police cavalry to disperse the crowd of about 10,000 people.
Several groups got together and started a battle by the Centre and the noble region of São Paulo … raising barricades and throwing sticks and stones at the Police while they chase the crowd Street by street … at a news conference the Mayor of São Paulo (Brazil) recognized that there was police violence, but did not indicate a possible reduction in rates that have increased in the last day 6/2/2013.
A TUMBLR was created with the complaints of the wounded.
We need your support! Another demonstration was scheduled for this Monday - here’s some additional information:
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The fourth protest against the increase of metropolitan public fares dof São Paulo (Brazil).

After 45 min. the demonstration was brutally suppressed by the military police, which used moral effect pumps, rubber bullets, tear gas and the police cavalry to disperse the crowd of about 10,000 people.

Several groups got together and started a battle by the Centre and the noble region of São Paulo … raising barricades and throwing sticks and stones at the Police while they chase the crowd Street by street … at a news conference the Mayor of São Paulo (Brazil) recognized that there was police violence, but did not indicate a possible reduction in rates that have increased in the last day 6/2/2013.

TUMBLR was created with the complaints of the wounded.

We need your support! Another demonstration was scheduled for this Monday - here’s some additional information:

Submitted by:

June 12th, 2013 — In the midst of recent national controversy surrounding government surveillance of the public, a recent Freedom of Information Act request to the Nebraska State Patrol has exposed evidence that TransCanada provided trainings to federal agents and local Nebraska police to suppress nonviolent activists protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by arresting them on “anti-terrorism statutes.” The presentation slides, obtained by grassroots landowner advocacy group Bold Nebraska, target Tar Sands Blockade activists by name.

TC Slideshow_Who are the protestors?

“This is clear evidence of the collusion between TransCanada and the federal government assisting local police to unlawfully monitor and harass political protestors,” said Lauren Regan, legal coordinator for Tar Sands Blockade and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center. “These documents expose the truth that the government is giving the nod to unlawful corporate spying. By slinging false allegations against peaceful activists in this presentation, TransCanada puts them at risk of unwarranted prosecution.”

Although TransCanada’s presentation to authorities contains information about property destruction, sabotage, and booby traps, police in Texas and Oklahoma have never alleged, accused, or charged Tar Sands Blockade activists of any such behaviors. Since August 2012, Tar Sands Blockade has carried out dozens of successful nonviolent direct actions to physically halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma. All of these acts, as well as every pipeline protest in Nebraska, have maintained strict commitments to nonviolence.

“Try as TransCanada might to slander Tar Sands Blockade and our growing grassroots movement, we know who the real criminals are.” said Ron Seifert, a spokesperson with Tar Sands Blockade who was pictured in the slideshow. “The real criminals are those profiting from this deadly tar sands pipeline by endangering families living along the route and pumping illegal levels of air toxins into fence-line communities.”


“If anything, this shows the effectiveness of campaigns to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and fossil fuel extraction as a whole,” said Scott Parkin, an organizer with Rising Tide North America and a non-violence trainer also pictured in the slideshow. “We’ve been fighting coal, oil and natural gas for a long time using these time-honored tactics and strategies. We’ll continue to use them precisely because they have been so effective in making change throughout American history.”

Grassroots resistance to Keystone XL is growing in Texas and Oklahoma where TransCanada is currently digging up freshly laid sections of the pipeline that failed integrity inspections. The East Texas Observer reports that at least 70 “anomalies,” including dents and shoddy welds in the pipe, were identified in a 60 mile span, and in some areas these imperfections occur at a rate of three per mile.

“A discovery like this presentation reveals that TransCanada has no problem lying to authorities and intentionally misleading the public in pursuit of its own private gain,” says Seifert. “If TransCanada officials cannot be trusted to tell the truth about the peaceful nature of Keystone XL protestors, why should we believe they’ve told the truth about the integrity of their pipeline and the real threats it poses to the hundreds of rivers and creeks that it crosses?”

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Just saw this on TarSand’s Blockade & Rising Tide FB Pages!

Be sure to click on the ridiculous “WHO ARE THE PROTESTERS?” slides being presented to police.

Hundreds protest fatal poultry plant blaze in China
June 4, 2013

Hundreds of people protested today outside a Chinese poultry plant where at least 120 people perished in a fire Monday. The blaze in the country’s northeast marked one of China’s worst industrial disasters. Survivors said they rushed to emergency exits that turned out to be locked; only a single exit was open. More than 300 workers, most of them women, were in the factory at the time. Scores were injured. Local officials said the cause was an excess of ammonia gas. Relatives of the victims blocked traffic, clashed with police and called for answers about the deaths of their loved ones.

Yang Xiuya: My daughter worked there. After the incident happened, they haven’t given us any explanation. It was time for my daughter to leave work, but the door was locked, so they were all burnt to death. The government isn’t giving us an explanation. We’re not moving until they give us an explanation!

Zhao Zhenchun: I don’t think safety was being managed properly. They need to work harder on this. This should never happen again. They paid the price with their blood. So many of these big disasters in China are caused by lax supervision.


'Moral Monday' protest in North Carolina: 151 arrested as activists decry extreme right-wing agenda
June 4, 2013

Upwards of 1,600 demonstrators amassed outside the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh on Monday, railing against the “extreme agenda” of the GOP-controlled legislature, WNCN reported. As attendees of the “Mega Moral Monday” protest spilled from the square outside the building and into the state Senate chambers, WRAL reported that 151 were arrested and released by 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

Monday’s demonstration is the latest in a series of “Moral Monday” events organized by the North Carolina NAACP and other civil rights groups, activists and unions. They’ve been taking place since April, though the gathering this week was by far the largest, and the arrests nearly doubled the total of the previous four protests. Organizers have decried the increasingly conservative nature of the state legislature, which has been pushing controversial issues such as voter ID, hydraulic fracking and cuts to education spending.

"The people are awake now, and we have decided to stand up," state NAACP chapter president Rev. William Barber told the crowd Monday. "We are a movement. This is not a moment." Republicans inside the building appeared largely unmoved, despite the raucous protests.


See Philip Radford (Greenpeace director)’s post on the environmental contingency at moral Monday’s


British Columbia Government Rejects Plans for Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline
Government officials cited a lack of evidence that the company has the ability to transport the heavy crude safely, nor could Enbridge prove that they would have a sufficient response to a spill should one occur.

If only we’d do the same in the United States.


British Columbia Government Rejects Plans for Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline

Government officials cited a lack of evidence that the company has the ability to transport the heavy crude safely, nor could Enbridge prove that they would have a sufficient response to a spill should one occur.

If only we’d do the same in the United States.

River protest set for proposed central Indiana reservoir
May 17, 2013

Opponents of a proposed major reservoir in central Indiana are planning a protest aimed at highlighting what the project would put under water.

The newly formed Heart of the River Coalition will hold what it calls a “protest paddle” on Saturday, with kayakers and canoeists covering several miles of the White River near Anderson.

Organizer Clarke Kahlo tells The Herald Bulletin that the group is trying to build public awareness of what would disappear if the reservoir is built.

The proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir would back water up seven miles of the river in Madison and Delaware counties, covering about 2,100 acres. That’s slightly larger than Geist Reservoir near Indianapolis.