ACTION ALERT - PLEASE CIRCULATE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE TO FRIENDS, ACTIVISTS
DIANE WILSON'S HOUSE BUZZED BY HELICOPTER IN ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE HER INTO SILENCE.
TEXAS, 28 AUGUST 2002
On 15 August Diane completed a 30 day hunger strike outside the gates of Dow, Seadrift (a former Union Carbide facility) in sympathy with Bhopali hunger strikers. She was demanding that Dow accept liability for its subsidiary Union Carbide's victims in Bhopal. On 26 August, Diane staged a solo action against Dow, entering the plant, shackling herself 70 feet up a tower in the ethylene unit, and displaying a twelve-foot long banner proclaiming "Dow is responsible for Bhopal". Two days later, the helicopter flew out to her house and buzzed it twice.
We are publishing her email to us in order to focus international attention on these attempts to silence her.
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:53:57 EDT
just a few minutes ago a helicopter came out of
the north from nowhere and
back in l992 when i was on a hungerstrike against
formosa, i had a helicopter
i think someone or somebodies is trying to harrass and frighten me.
Diane doesn't frighten easily. Check the following for background about her extraordinary life as an environmental campaigner,the1992 helicopter attack on her and how the US Coastguard prevented her from sinking her own shrimp trawler over a source of pollution.
The small coastal town of Seadrift is almost entirely dependent for employment on the giant chemical plants that dominate the countryside nearby. Local politics and infrastructure is so tied in to the companies that a perceived threat to one is considered a threat to all. Diane has protested against the toxic discharges of most of these companies. Economic papers have been presented to the local commissioners court about the real danger on the horizon - environmental activism. Congressman Ron Paul even presented a paper to Congress saying pretty much the same thing.
We ask Bhopal supporters and friends of Diane from all around the world to contact John Musser in Dow's Corporate Public Affairs Department on (+1) 989 636-5663 (or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) and demand that the Dow Chemical Corporation publicly disown and condemn these attempts to intimidate Diane Wilson. (Please report if this number or email address does not work.)
We must leave Dow and its unpleasant friends in no doubt that the world has its eyes on them.
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