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Action against Tropical Hardwood in Amsterdam 

Action against Tropical Hardwood in Amsterdam 

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03/04/2002 
Greenpeace activists stop the unloading of cargo ship 'Agat' in the port of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The 'Agat' is carrying cargo of several hundred (32000 tons) giant Azobe tree trunks from Liberia's ancient tropical forests. These forests are destroyed rapidly by (illegal) logging. Greenpeace vessel the 'Esperanza' is involved in this action. Six Greenpeace activists who had boarded the 'Agat' remained onboard as the ship entered the Netherlands at IJmuiden docks. Four of the activists attached themselves strategically to the crane cables of the fore and main masts: others chained themselves to the logs on the deck. On land, activists occupied the unloading cranes at the Agat’s intended berth. Special police forces were called in to cut the activists loose. Also banners reading: "Europe, stop ancient forest destruction!" were hung up. With this action Greenpeace wants to stop the import of unsustainable timber. The timber comes from OTC (Oriental Timber Company) which owns about a third of the forests in Liberia. Timber of OTC is logged unsustainable and hereby plays an important role in the destruction of the world's ancient forests. Activists have painted the trunks carried by the 'Agat' blood red with eco-friendly paint in order to trace the timber on its journey on shore. All 14 activists were arrested and have since been released without charge.
The actions come in the wake of a series of Greenpeace protests highlighting the illegal and destructive nature of the global timber trade and the role of importing nations around the world in driving this unscrupulous industry. Europe is one of the main importers and users of timber from ancient forests. The past several weeks many protests were held in different countries to address the import of unsustainable wood.
Activists Stop Unloading Timber Ship Agat
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Activists Stop Unloading Timber Ship Agat
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Activists Stop Unloading Timber Ship Agat
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