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Ohio judge says Greenpeace protest 'reckless'

CINCINNATI (AP) - A judge set bond Wednesday at $50,000 each for nine Greenpeace activists he rebuked for their eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

The activists were arrested on burglary and vandalism charges after their Tuesday protest of the consumer products company's use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia.

Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg said the protest, in which the activists used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from P&G's two towers as a helicopter filmed them, was "a reckless and ill-advised stunt." He called the protest alarming.

"You put people in danger," he said. "You take what they might consider to be a selfless cause, and you turn it into a selfish act by putting people in danger in this manner."

Greenpeace said all nine activists had posted bail and been released from custody by Wednesday evening. Their cases will go to a grand jury.

Palm oil is commonly used in shampoo, cosmetics and other products. P&G said Tuesday it is committed to achieving a 100 percent sustainable supply of palm oil by 2015.

In court, attorney William Gallagher told the judge that the activists aren't flight risks and will return for every court proceeding, even though all of them live out of state, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (http://cin.ci/1g0sFgR ). He said all of them work in professional jobs and none has a criminal record.

A Greenpeace representative, Amy Moas, said the activists were willing to deal with the consequences of their protest and the environmental organization backs them completely.
Police are still trying to determine how the activists evaded usually tight security at the company's headquarters.

P&G spokeswoman Lisa Popyk said in an email that P&G Security's preliminary investigation showed that one of the protesters appears to have gained illegal access to the building through a third party who shares a P&G office space.

"That person then let the others in via a secured entrance," Popyk said.

Authorities said property damage, including broken window locks, would total more than $10,000.

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goodlucktu March 05 2014 at 10:11 PM

Back in action again.. lol Look for the Rainbow warrior in the waters around the Jersey Shore Next...lol Haven't seen them around here for 30 years after they did their east coast tour.. New Breed coming.. good money maker for their society..and the media...

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petpetdon March 06 2014 at 1:19 AM

Anyone can pick apart what a company makes to fit their own agenda. The politically correct seem to think they have a monopoly on being right for any cause. Too bad hey are biting the hand that feeds most of them.

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Hippie March 05 2014 at 10:34 PM

All Greenpeace and Global Warming environmental wingnuts should be sentenced to 1-3 years in Antarctica to wait and watch for the ice to begin melting.....like Al Gore said it would..

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BRYANT March 06 2014 at 4:58 AM

Two wrongs don't make a right. This organization is extremely reckless and eventually will create some kind to tragedy.

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betsyrose777 March 05 2014 at 10:28 PM

Thank You Greenpeace for being a voice for tigers and their habitat rainforests.

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saratginmd betsyrose777 March 05 2014 at 10:39 PM

LOL. Yeah right! "We're Greenpeace. We care about the environment and animal rights. You're big company is killing tigers and destroying the forest so we're going to do something radial to stop you. There! We hung a big sign from your building! Take THAT! We didn't want to have to go to these extremes but we are just so commited and care SO much!" LOL. What a joke these people are. If they REALLY cared they would be over there fighting the deforestation by blowing up the equipment or roads being used for such an evil purpose. Posers

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Debbie March 06 2014 at 12:59 AM

Good for Greenpeace. I have not bought p & g products for years...even though my dad worked there for 35 years. I prefer to purchase products that are not tested on animals.

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Terry Debbie March 06 2014 at 2:16 AM

I buy twice as much from them.

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neutrino.star Terry March 06 2014 at 2:26 AM

Twice what?

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Michele Debbie March 06 2014 at 6:01 AM

I am soooo sick of these wackos.... they're the ones that are really doing the destroying of this planet.

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STEPHEN March 05 2014 at 9:41 PM

Imagine that, the judge siding with P&C?

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fire2box STEPHEN March 05 2014 at 9:43 PM

Vandalism is vandalism.

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neutrino.star fire2box March 06 2014 at 2:27 AM

That's an absurd statement.

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mrblack5413 March 05 2014 at 10:32 PM

Brenda if it wasn't for the far left wing radicals, you as a female and all women would not even have the right and/or opportunity to voice/provide your opinion.

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BoB mrblack5413 March 06 2014 at 2:42 AM


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