Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.
The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant. The villagers of Yırca, in Western Turkey, rely on the olive trees, and have been peacefully protecting them for over a month. Greenpeace Mediterranean joined them, and filed a lawsuit on their behalf.
Greenpeace Mediterranean contends that the Kolin Group must wait for the lawsuit ruling before proceeding. But hundreds of olive trees have already been cut down. And now, when villagers and activists tried to peacefully intervene, violence was used against them.
According to Greenpeace Mediterranean lawyer, Deniz Bayram, "By hacking down these trees the... Read more >