Greenpeace activists arrested for peaceful protest against coal power plant in the Philippines

Press release - 10 November, 2005
Twelve Greenpeace activists and volunteers from New Zealand, Australia, China and the Philippines were arrested and charged today for trespassing on the Masinloc coal power plant in Zambales, Philippines. The 12 were released without any bail posted.

"We will contest the legality of this charge," said GreenpeaceInternational's Energy Campaigner Athena Ronquillo in Zambales today."It is outrageous that the Masinloc plant decided not to press chargesyet the police have taken it on themselves to do so."

"Greenpeace condemns this violent attack to a peaceful protest," saidGreenpeace Southeast Asia Energy Campaigner Red Constantino. "We arebeing charged after five of our people were attacked by plant staff,two of them viciously.

"We're disappointed that the Filipino plantpersonnel prefers to protect the interests of a power plant that bringsmore harm than good to people. Coal is the culprit here, not peacefulprotest. Greenpeace is more determine than ever to take the message ofthe Asia Energy Revolution Tour to the public: Stop Climate Change:Clean Energy Now.

Earlier in the day, plant personnel attacked five Greenpeace activists.Jens Loewe, 36, a Greenpeace volunteer from Germany and Tomas Leonor,24, a Filipino activist were both badly beaten by plant personnel.Stones were thrown by plant personnel at two female activists, DebraGay Pristor from New Zealand and Pam Palma from the Philippines. Anunidentified object was thrown by plant personnel at Filipino activistJanine Mercado.

All five people were taken to hospital. Loewe was foundnot to have broken bones or fractured any limbs but he, along with hisfour other colleagues, will undergo further examination.

Other contacts: In the Philippines, Michael Kessler, +63 915 450066In Amsterdam, Gina Sanchez, +31 627 0000 64

VVPR info: Greenpeace International Press Desk, + 31 6 5381 9121