Arrests Stifle Climate Camp, ALF Eludes FBI, Direct Action in Tasmania, More on COP16

About 150 protesters spent the weekend near Muswellbrook, Australia, at ”Climate Camp” to draw attention to Macquarie Generation’s coal-fired Bayswater power station, one of the nation’s largest and the proposed site for a second baseload power plant. Sixty-seven people were arrested there yesterday.

In India, the police on Saturday arrested over 1,500 villagers for protesting against the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur.

Six years, over 200 FBI interviews, and several house raids and jail terms later, the FBI has officially closed the investigation into the 2004 Animal Liberation Front raid of the University of Iowa – without a conviction. Click here for more.

Some of Tasmania’s biggest logging-industry players have supported a moratorium on HCV forests as an integral part of the agreement. But, as the weeks pass, new roads are still being cut into prime areas of untouched forest and irreplaceable HCV forest is being lost. It is crucial that these areas are protected from last-minute logging to maintain their ecological integrity. There will be banner hanging actions and DVD screenings on December 15th in Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu and on December 14th in the rest of the world. Click here for more.

COP16 is almost over with little to no progress. Japan has announced that it does not support an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, while the Bolivian delegation has repeatedly argued for the creation of a climate tribunal to punish actors that do not work toward the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions. There is a Klimaforum as well as an activist presence in the streets, including marches of up to 1,500 people for real progress in ecological sustainability. Click here for more news and here for a video.

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