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Join Date: Mar 2002
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greenpeace ship detained by spanish government
The Greenpeace flagship S.V Rainbow Warrior is currently being detained by Spanish Government following peaceful direct action against the trade in illegal and destructive timber from the ancient forests of Central Africa. Whilst no laws exist to stop the import of illegally sourced timber to the EU the Spanish authorities are using laws in their country to stop Greenpeace's campaigns against criminal timber traders. The Rainbow Warrior has now been out of action since June 13 and the Spanish authorities are asking for a bond of 300,000 Euro for the ship to be freed.
Please contact the Spanish embassy as soon as possible and help to free the Rainbow Warrior so that our campaigns to save the world's ancient forests can continue.
Ambassador Marques De Tamaron,
39 Chesham Place,
Fax: 020 7235 9905
Points to raise:
The Rainbow Warrior was taking part in peaceful direct action on June 13th to end the trade in timber from illegal and destructive logging in Africa's remaining rainforests.
On board the cargo ship Honour, which the Rainbow Warrior prevented from unloading, was timber from Transformation Tropicale du Sud. This company has been involved in breaking forest laws in Cameroon.
The measures that the Spanish authorities are taking against the Rainbow Warrior are out of all proportion. Spanish authorities are asking for 300,000 Euro bond from Greenpeace. Meanwhile, in Cameroon, the notorious logging company Hazim, has been fined only 275,000 Euro for illegal logging activities valued at more than 26 million Euro.
The Spanish authorities should immediately free the Rainbow Warrior and allow its work to protect the world's ancient forests to continue. It is the trade in illegal and destructive timber that needs to be stopped not Greenpeace campaigns.
The Spanish Government should publicly support new EU laws to ban the import of illegally sourced timber into Europe
You can also email the Spanish Government from the Greenpeace UK website. Please visit www.greenpeace.org.uk for details
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|4th July 2003||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2002
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this was taken from the greenpeace website:
Victory - Rainbow Warrior to be released
Last edited: 04-07-2003
The Spanish Government has lowered the bond placed on the Rainbow Warrior and the ship will soon be free to continue its campaign to protect the world's last remaining ancient forests.
The SV Rainbow Warrior was impounded in Valencia harbour following a Greenpeace action on 13th June. The Government of Spain, through its Ministry of Public Works and Transport, has finally resolved to lower the bond it placed on our flagship - from euro 300,000 to euro 6,000.
Greenpeace received support from around the world in our campaigned to get our ship back. Volunteers protested in front of Spanish embassies, and over 30,000 cyberactivists sent emails to the Spanish government asking for the Warrior's release.
The Rainbow Warrior was detained after activists carried out a peaceful, non-violent protest against the timber transport ship, the MV Honour. The Honour was carrying timber from Cameroon, belonging to companies known to be involved in illegal and destructive logging.
After the demonstration, the Rainbow Warrior was boarded by the Spanish Civil Guard and detained in the Port of Valencia.
We will deposit the euro 6,000 bond as soon as possible to allow the ship to depart the Port of Valencia and continue its campaign.
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