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In Russia’s South, Ecologists, Cossacks Team Up To Protect Nature Reserve

15 May

The Interior Ministry says a criminal investigation has been opened against the security guards.

by Tom Balmforth and Svetlana Pavlova, Cross Posted from RFERL

Ten activists were savagely beaten by private security guards this week, with three of them hospitalized, as confrontation ramped up over contentious plans to mine nickel in Russia’s southern Voronezh Oblast.

It was the latest confrontation in a local grassroots struggle that has united ecological activists and local Cossacks in a movement to protect a nature reserve near the Khopyor River in the fertile region.

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Activists From Innu First Nation To Protest Governors’ Conference in Vermont

26 Jul

More than a dozen protesters from Quebec’s Innu First Nation are due to arrive in Vermont this weekend to protest the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, being held in Burlington. They are protesting against the construction of a new hydroelectric dam on the Romaine River by Hydro-Québec, which they say would destroy their entire way of life. Vermont purchases the vast majority of its power from the Canadian utility giant and Gov. Peter Shumlin currently chairs the New England Governors’ Conference.

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FBI Increases Activist Repression

5 Jun

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Newly released FBI “Domestic Terrorism” training materials unveil the misinformation circulating within the government against resistance groups such as anarchists, animal rights activists, environmentalists, and “black separatists.”

The FBI have broadened the rhetoric used against even non-violent groups, citing them as “domestic terrorists” and the definitions continue to broaden. For instance, as highlighted in a recent article found on Green is the New Red, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was drafted to target anyone who causes the “loss of profits” of an animal enterprise. The FBI acknowledges this shift in “terrorism” investigations in a slide that says the new law “alleviates the use of force or violence criteria.” Continue reading

Whale Wars Victory – Activists to be Released

10 Jan
Three Australian Activists Released from Detention on a Japanese Whaler in Australian Waters

10 Jan, 2012 07:45 AM

An unscheduled meeting between Japan’s whalers and environmental activists on the high seas seems an unlikely backdrop to an outbreak of détente.

But Australia was quietly celebrating a minor victory for diplomacy on Tuesday after Japan agreed to release three anti-whaling activists who illegally boarded one of its whaling ships over the weekend. 

The trio, all Australian citizens, have been detained on the Shonan Maru 2, which is providing security to the fleet, after clambering aboard early Sunday morning to protest Japan’s annual hunts in the Antarctic. The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986 but allows Japan to hunt a limited number of whales for “scientific research.” The fleet left port last month with plans to kill some 900 whales this season.

The incident threatened to cause tension between Australia and Japan, close trade and security partners. Soon after the men were detained it seemed likely that they would be kept aboard the Shonan Maru 2 and taken to Japan, where they faced a trial and possible imprisonment for trespassing.

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Activists face court over Opera House climb

8 Nov

The group has repeatedly targeted retailer Harvey Norman (AAP)

By Angela Lavoipierre
Cross-posted from here

A court has heard three people charged for climbing the Sydney Opera House during an environmental protest will plead guilty.

But two women who were allegedly involved with the action by conservation group The Last Stand have pleaded not guilty.

Police say Gemma Romuld and Carly Phillips refused to leave the area during the protest on October 8.

A large banner was unfurled from one of the Opera House sails, saying in part “No Harvey Norman, No”.

The Last Stand has staged numerous events targeting the retailer, which it accuses of contributing to the destruction of Australia’s native forests.

The group’s lawyer told the court this morning the three accused of climbing the building’s sail will enter guilty pleas tomorrow.

They remain free on bail, on the condition they remain at least 500 metres from the Opera House.

Eco activists detained at industrial wind energy test site

26 Jul

By Jakob Vesterager

cross-posted from here

COPENHAGEN, July 26 (Reuters) – Police in Denmark detained six environmental activists on Tuesday protesting the felling of trees in a forest to make room for a research centre for wind turbines.

Protesters said they were not opposed to the centre, but to the location.

The test centre is meant to further Denmark’s position as world leader in wind power, commonly seen as environmentally friendly renewable energy as it consumes no fossil fuels and produces no emissions.

The protest began 10 days ago at Thy in windy northwestern Jutland where Denmark’s wind industry aims to test giant turbines up to 250 metres high (820 feet).

“We are not against the centre, we are not against the wind industry — on the contrary,” Kent Klemmesen, chairman of the campaign against the project, told Reuters. “We are against the location, because we feel there are far better alternatives.”

Protesters argue that the effects of the huge windmills on human and animal life have not been studied adequately and the 1,200 hectares (2,965 acres) of forest should be preserved.

Though tree felling has begun, Amos Stenner, an activist who spent five hours up in a tree on Tuesday, said he was not giving up. “It is very possible, that I will go up a new tree tomorrow,” he told Reuters.

The test centre project is run by the Danish Technical University DTU, with support from industry, including wind turbine manufacturers Vestas and Siemens and state-owned DONG Energy.

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