CINCINNATI: A judge set bond Wednesday at $50,000 each for nine Greenpeace activists he rebuked for their eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.
Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg said the protest, in which activists using a zip line Tuesday to unfurl giant banners from P&G’s two towers, was “a reckless and ill-advised stunt.” They were protesting the consumer products company’s use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia.
Greenberg said the protest, which involved a helicopter to film it, was alarming.
“You put people in danger,” he said. “You take what they might consider to be a selfless cause and you turn it into a selfish act by putting people in danger in this manner.”
Attorney William Gallagher told the judge that the activists aren’t flight risks and will return for every court proceeding, even though all live out of state, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (http://cin.ci/1g0sFgR ). He said all work in professional jobs and none has a criminal record.
Police arrested them on burglary and vandalism counts, and they all spent the night in jail. Their cases will go to a grand jury.
A Greenpeace representative, Amy Moas, said the activists were willing to deal with the consequences of their protest and that the environmental organization backs them completely.
P&G said Tuesday it is committed to achieving a 100 percent sustainable supply of palm oil by 2015. Palm oil is commonly used in shampoo, cosmetics and other products.
Police are still trying to determine how activists evaded usually tight security at the company’s headquarters. Authorities said damage, including broken window locks, would total more than $10,000.