URGENT ACTION ALERT - PLEASE CIRCULATE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE TO FRIENDS, ACTIVISTS AND MEDIA

DIANE WILSON'S HOUSE BUZZED BY HELICOPTER IN ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE HER INTO SILENCE.

SEADRIFT, TEXAS, 28 AUGUST 2002
Environmentalist Diane Wilson, who recently completed two well publicised actions against Dow Chemicals in Seadrift, Texas, reports that her house has just been buzzed by a helicopter, which circled it at tree top
level twice before disappearing. We are taking this very seriously because after a 1992 action against Formosa Plastics, shots were fired from a helicopter at Diane's house, narrowly missing a relative and killing her dog.

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.

Full story and background on http://www.bhopal.net

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
circled my house very low, almost on a level with the trees. it was a green and white
helicopter. it did it twice and i thought it was going to land.

back in l992 when i was on a hungerstrike against formosa, i had a helicopter
land in my front yard. a sniper from the helicopter shot at my mother-in-
law and killed my dog. i still have the bullets, cops didn't want to do
anything. said if i ever got locked up, they were sending me to the looney
bin. also my shrimp boat was sabastoged twice and i nearly drowned on the
bay. in this mornings paper of Port Lavaca Wave, the article said there was a
plane that circled the tower i was on and the plane was in carbide's air
space. they suspected it was friends of mine.

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.

"Clean Water, What's It Worth?" An overview of Diane's environmental campaigning
Diane's struggle against Formosa Plastics
Lifetime TV's Heroes
The War Against The Greens - Book Review

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: huntke@dow.com) 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.

Indra Sinha
Tim Edwards

Rebecca Moss

UK CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE  IN BHOPAL

INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

IN THE US
G Krishnaveni,  kinnu@subvertisement.org +1 832 444 1731

IN THE UK
Tim Edwards tim@lifecycle.demon.co.uk  +44 1273 711043

IN INDIA
Nityanand Jayaraman nity68@vsnl.com +91 98400 98935