THE HAGUE, 22 NOVEMBER 2000: This morning over 100 people got arrested at the Nuclear Walk of Shame. This peacefull demonstration was organised by the Risingtide Coaltition and Wise together with NGO’s as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. The demonstration was a peaceful protest against governments like the US, Canada, China and Japan still keen on using nuclear energy as a way to escape from real solutions to solve the climate crisis. Present were anti-nuclear activists from the Ukraine, Russia, U.K., South Korea and the U.S.
The police decided to violate basic democratic rights and arrested all present. Now, the environmental protestors have not been able to move to the embassies in The Hague and hand out petitions to the governments. Because of the extensive police presence, Greenpeace decided to leave and not take part in this peaceful protest. Reports are coming in as well that people were not treated normally while being arrested.
Robin, spokesperson of the Rising Tide Coalition: “This is complete outrageous. People are denied rights to make their voices heard. It is already hardly possible to make our voices heard inside the UNFCCC COP6 negotiations, now we have even been denied normal political rights as the right to demonstrate and make our voices heard out on the street”.
The Demonstration was organised and supported by NIRS/WISE Amsterdam, Rising Tide Coalition for Climate Justice, Friends of the Earth International, Greenpeace, Free the Planet!, Sierra Student Coalition, USPIRG, The Student PIRGS.
For more info about Rising Tide, contact Adam Ma’anit ++31-6-121-530-340
More about the demonstration and the anti-nuclear protests, contact WISE ++31-20-612-636-8
See also: http://www.climateconference.org