Activists occupy Pig Iron shipment

Photo | 26 May, 2012

The day after President Dilma failed to fully veto controversial changes to Brazil's ‘forest code’, Greenpeace activists occupy a pile of pig iron and industrial cranes in the port of Sao Luis. While a second team of climbers occupy a cranes onboard the 'Clipper Hope' cargo ship. The activists unfurled banners reading: "The Amazon Turns To Charcoal. Brazil Stop The Chainsaw." The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is moored alongside the Clipper Hope cargo ship preventing it from loading pig iron. Greenpeace has released evidence linking the pig iron industry with slave labor and forest destruction in the Amazon. Pig iron is an intermediate product in the steelmaking process, and the company that owns this shipment - Viena - claims to supply global brands such as Ford, GM, Mercedes and BMW.

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