MAP TA PHUT, Thailand - December 9 - Three Greenpeace crew members
from the organisation's flagship the Rainbow Warrior today were dropped
into the Map Ta Phut port waters after BLCP coal plant staff cut the
ship's mooring lines while police refused to intervene. Plant personnel
had arrived with cutting equipment. The crew peacefully resisted by
hanging from the mooring lines.
The Rainbow Warrior has spent the past two days alongside the pier as
part of a campaign to bear witness to the climate killing impact of BLCP
and the Thai Government's plans to open at least 18 further coal plants
in the next decade.
"Greenpeace and the Rainbow Warrior have always participated in peaceful
non-violent protest," said Greenpeace International spokesperson Jean
Francois Fauconnier aboard The Rainbow Warrior. "We condemn this
aggressive act which placed the ship and lives at risk."
"For two days we have called on both the plant's management and the Thai
energy minister to respond to our demands. Greenpeace wants the
construction of this plant stopped and a thorough review of the Thai
Government's coal-driven energy plan to be undertaken."
"Coal plants like BLCP are guilty of causing climate change. Greenpeace
will continue to expose those who continue to fund and promote dangerous
energies like coal instead of looking at cleaner options like wind and
solar power. Our climate simply can't wait."
On Tuesday, with the Rainbow Warrior looking on, four climbers unfurled
banners saying "BLCP, Climate Killer" on the plant's coal unloading
cranes. Later that day activists and volunteers set up a first camp
outside the main gate of the BLCP coal power plant. Today a second camp
was installed on one of the BLCP coal plant's 60-metre electrical
transmission pylons. The seven activists have decorated the tower with
banners relaying messages from cyber activists and miniature windmills
as symbols of renewable energy.
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses
non-violent creative confrontation to expose global environmental
problems to drive solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful