Greenpeace activists masquerade as corpses by covering themselves in mortuary bags outside the Partido Popular (PP governing party) headquarters in Madrid.
Seven Greenpeace activists placed themselves in mortuary bags
outside the headquarters of the governing party, Partido Popular in
Madrid this morning to flag up the human cost that the impending
military assault on Iraq would have. The activists called on
Spanish President, Jose M. Aznar, to stop supporting U.S. President
George W. Bush's war plans against Iraq, and demanded that there be
"No more blood for oil".
At the same time, other Greenpeace activists delivered a barrel
of oil with the names of the world's biggest oil companies painted
on it to the General Secretary of the Partido Popular, Javier
Arenas, to stress how much oil interests are motivating those
determined to wage war against Iraq.
Spanish public opinion strongly opposes the possibility of a war
against Iraq, with or without the support of the Security Council
of United Nations. This has been evident in numerous opinion polls
and clear in the significant turn out for the anti war
demonstrations in Spain on February 15.
"If it wants to remain in power, the Partido Popular should
distance itself from Aznar's position on an impending conflict with
Iraq, and listen to the Spanish people that are saying no to war,"
said Carlos Bravo of Greenpeace in Spain. "Spanish citizens are
pleading for a peaceful solution to this conflict and demanding
their government to stop supporting Bush. They know a war would
cause humanitarian crisis, costing hundreds of thousands of lives,
would devastate the environment and increase global insecurity. And
for what? For the control of oil," he added.
Greenpeace is calling on the Partido Popular to ensure the
Spanish Congress supports a peaceful solution to the current
crisis, one that excludes any type of assault or military
intervention. It also urges the Spanish Government to defend and
support this same position in the Council of Security of United
Nations, as well as in other international fora.