Attorneys for the nine Greenpeace activists arrested in the Procter & Gamble (P&G) protest in March filed a motion requesting access to the company headquarters on Wednesday.
According to Greenpeace, the motion includes photographs that compare the alleged damage on the 12th floor to similar damage throughout the building, showing that any damage to the headquarters was not caused by the activists as it predated the March protest.
motion shows that there has been no property damage to the headquarters, and
that the charges should reflect that. These activists were peacefully
exercising their right to free speech and are being unfairly charged with
crimes that they did not commit," said
Rolf Skar, Director of the Greenpeace Forest Campaign.
Last March, the nine activists were arrested for hanging two banners from P&G corporate headquarters, exposing the company's palm oil purchasing, which was causing deforestation of the Indonesian rainforest.
The motion filed on Wednesday seeks to bring evidence to light that would support the argument that the activists did not cause damage to P&G headquarters
The motion is a request for the defense attorneys to access the other floors of the building, so that they might photograph additional exculpatory evidence showing that any damage to the headquarters predates the protest. Specifically, the motion requests access to the 9th and 16th floors of the building.
According to Greenpeace, P&G claims that the activists caused damage to the 12th floor; photographs of windows on the 16th floor, which are similar to those on the 12th floor, and similar broken pavers on the 9th floor will show that any damage to the building predates the March protest.
The activists are facing charges including burglary and vandalism.
charges against the Greenpeace activists are wildly out of proportion to the
nature of their peaceful protest," said Skar.
Since that protest, P&G has committed to a "no deforestation" policy that will be fulfilled by 2015.
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