Ohio grand jury indicts 9 Greenpeace activists for Procter & Gamble banner stunt
A southwest Ohio prosecutor announced felony indictments Wednesday of nine Greenpeace activists linked to an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.These charges, BTW, are felonies with multiple year jail sentences attached to them. At first blush that might seem excessive; I mean, after all, all they did was unfurl a banner to draw attention to some of P&G's business practices, right? Cause a little embarrassment, no harm no foul, right?
The nine activists were arrested March 4 after protesting the consumer products company's use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia. The activists slipped past company security and unfurled giant banners from P&G's two towers as a helicopter filmed them.
Except for this:
Deters said property damage, including broken window locks, totaled some $17,000.This is in addition to using falsified identification to get into P&G and one "visitor" allowing the other eight to gain access to the building. Apparently they worked up a fake ID and persona to get one person into the company, who them let the rest of them in. They proceeded to break into rooms, eventually breaking locks to gain access to the area where they could access the towers. After seeing the rest of the story, the charges and possible jail time don't seem too unreasonable now.
And boy, are they going to have fun in prison when the other inmates find out that they were hassling Procter & Gamble - I mean, talk about cred...
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