Thousands of Protestors Block G8 Summit, Clash with Police, As Bush Derails Climate Talks

Thousands of protesters have laid siege to the G8 meetings in Germany where climate change is on the top of the agenda. Germany was hoping to get an agreement among the worlds 8 wealthiest nations (and some of the largest polluters) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050. Despite these emission cuts being far weaker than is necessary to address global warming, Bush refused to agree to them. Instead he forced through a resolution agreeing that the G8 nations would “significantly reduce” GHG emissions, without setting any specific commitments. In order for us to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to reduce global GHG emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Until then… TO THE BARRICADES!

Jun 7, 2007

Around 10,000 anti-capitalist protesters clashed with police and blocked roads to a Baltic resort where world leaders gathered on Wednesday for a summit.

Police turned water cannons on some 2,500 protesters in order to clear one of the roads to the venue for the Group of Eight summit in the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm. Police detained some 160 protesters in the skirmishes.

Delegates from several G8 countries, including host Germany, said the protests were limiting their ability to move around at the venue, a seaside resort on Germany’s Baltic coast.

Eight officers were injured during earlier clashes with protesters near the town of Bad Doberan, police spokesman Luedger Behrens said. Police “used water cannons twice after demonstrators bombarded police with stones,” he said.

The demonstrators were trying to block access to a luxury hotel on the coast in Heiligendamm where G8 leaders including US President George Bush were gathering.

By late afternoon, all three roads leading into Heiligendamm were blocked off by protesters before police moved in to clear a route through.

“There are about 2,500 demonstrators in the area and we cannot make any guarantees that the roads will stay cleared,” said Behrens.

One German official said the only way into Heiligendamm had been via boat or helicopter. Another said the demonstrations had become a “major problem” for journalists covering the summit.

“We’re stuck here now. The whole place looks shut down,” an official from one of the G8 delegations said by telephone from inside the summit venue.

Protesters celebrate

The protesters themselves were in a jubilant mood.

“It’s a great success just to be able to sit here,” said Gunar Finke, a student from the southern German city of Freiburg. “It’s only a symbolic step but it’s an important one to show we’re against G8 policies.” “We had a super plan and we surprised the police, who didn’t know how to stop us,” he said.

Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was forced to cancel a planned tour of the nearby Baltic resort town of Kuehlungsborn on Wednesday because of the demonstrations.

Dozens of protesters damaged a steam train being used to shuttle journalists between the summit venue and the media centre in Kuehlungsborn. It has since been repaired but protesters were sitting on the tracks and blocking it.

Some 16,000 security personnel are in the area. World leaders are shielded from demonstrators by a 12-km fence topped with barbed wire.

The Federal Constitutional Court, Germany’s highest court, ruled against plans for a demonstration on Thursday outside the fence. But with some protesters already at the fence that decision had been made largely irrelevant.

Radical Disaster Relief Group Banned from City Destroyed by Tornado

The town of Greensburg, KS was completely leveled by strong tornadoes several weeks ago. Since then relief efforts have been underway to help the community rebuild. One group, Kansas Mutal Aid, has been banned from aiding in this relief work. In the face of increased natural disasters due to climate change, radical emergency relief groups are extremely important in mitigating the climate disasters. Read the Kansas Mutual Aid press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joe Carr, Kansas Mutual Aid, 816-805-7133, joecarr@riseup.net May
23, 2007

KC & Lawrence Organizers Banned from Greensburg Return to the Area to Help
Neighboring Communities.

Members of the Lawrence-based community group Kansas Mutual Aid (KMA) have
been making weekly volunteer trips down to Greensburg, KS ever since the
tornado destroyed the city three weeks ago. They will make their third
trip this weekend.

Last weekend, they were in Greensburg volunteering and making arrangements
for future trips when they were detained by police and forced to leave the
city. An Olathe police officer deputized by FEMA, said that anyone
affiliated with the group would be arrested on site if they returned to
Greensburg. He threatened that arrestees could "disappear" in the legal
system, and stated that officials had been monitoring the group's website
and emails. The officer said that this was because of their political
beliefs and their affiliation with "anarchists".

Despite this treatment, KMA will be bringing down tools, supplies, and a
group of 20-30 volunteers from Kansas City and Lawrence this weekend to do
work in the surrounding farms and communities also damaged by the tornado.
They'll also be meeting with Greensburg refugees to determine what more
long and short-term services KMA may be able to help provide.

Journalists are welcome to accompany the group.

Kansas Mutual Aid works in the Lawrence area growing and distributing free
organic food, working against military recruitment, doing prisoner support
work, helping maintain the Solidarity Radical Library and Revolutionary
Center, and supporting other local progressive causes.

For any questions or interviews contact Joe Carr, 816-805-7133, or Jordan
Ferrand-Sapsis, 785-424-3433.

Critical Mass against Climate Change and the G8 Friday June 8, Asheville, NC

Friday June 8th is the International Day of Action Against Climate Change and the G8 (www.risingtidenorhamerica.org for more info). To celebrate this day of resistance Asheville Rising Tide will be hosting a Critical Mass against Climate Criminals. After riding through town we will pay a visit to a climate criminal. Bring a bike, noismakers and flags.

Meet @ 4:30 pm, Aston Park (Corner of Hilliard@ South French Broad)

Call to action against coal industry investors on the International Day of Action against Climate Change and the G8

Call to action against coal industry investors on the International Day of Action against Climate Change and the G8

The G8 leaders meeting in Germany behind their fences and soldier are leading us further towards catastrophic and irreversible climate disaster. The time has come to act.

The international day of action against climate change and the G8 has been called by the international rising tide network. This is a call for autonomous, decentralized actions appropriate to your city or region. Use this day of action to support local struggles against oil refineries, gas pipelines, strip mines, coal fired power plants, airport expansion, new roads, and financial backers. Actions are planned throughout the G8 countries and around the world. For more information including the full call to action check out www.risingtidenorhtamerica.org and www.risingtide.org.uk

The coal industry like, all industries relies on massive investments from Wall Street and international financial institutions such as Bank of America and Citigroup. They fund everything from strip mines, to the newest wave of dirty coal plants. Without these massive influxes of capital, coal companies would be severely restricted in their ability to maintain and expand their destructive extraction operations. Rising Tide North America is calling for actions against the financial backers of coal companies on June 8th in solidarity with the G8 protests in Germany and against the root causes of climate change. Targeting banks and investors is an easy and direct way to lend solidarity to communities fighting against the devastation of their homelands by greedy coal corporations. Below is a by no means comprehensive list of investors:

Bank of America:

Major subsidiaries and brands: MBNA Credit Cards, FleetBoston Bank

2006 Revenue: $117 billion

Headquarters: Charlotte, NC

CEO: Ken Lewis

Website: http://www.bankofamerica.com

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Alpha Natural Resources, Cleco Corp, Consol Energy (CNX), Florida Power & Light, Foundation Coal Holdings, International Coal Group, Massey Energy, Peabody Energy, WPS Resources.
Citi Inc.

Major subsidiaries and brands: Citigroup, CitiCorp, Smith Barney, Diners Club Credit Cards, CitiCard Credit Cards, Primerica, BanaMex.
Headquarters: New York, NY
2006 Revenues: $146 billion
CEO: Charles “Chuck” Prince
Web Site: http://www.citigroup.com

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Alpha Natural Resources, Ameren, Arch Coal, American Electric Power, China Coal Energy Company, Consol Energy (CNX), Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Dynegy, Florida Power & Light, Foundation Coal Holdings, LS Power, Massey Energy, Mid-American Energy, NRG Energy, Ohio Edison Electric (FirstEnergy), Peabody Energy, PPL Energy, Rio Tinto, Southern Company TXU, Xcel Energy, WPS Resources.

Credit Suisse:

Headquarters: New York, NY, with parent offices in Zurich, Switzerland
2006 Revenues: $7 billion (US arm only)
CEO: Brady W. Dougan
Web Site: http://www.credit-suisse.com/

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

American National Power (International Power) Duke Energy, Dynegy, LS Power, MidAmerican Energy, Ohio Edison Electric (FirstEnergy), Peabody Energy, PPL Energy, TXU.

Goldman Sachs:

Headquarters: New York, NY
2006 Revenues: $69 billion
CEO: Lloyd C. Blankfein
Web Site: http://www.gs.com/

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

American National Power (International Power), Cleco Corp, Duke Energy, Energy Capital Partners, GenPower Holdings, LS Power, Massey Energy, Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, Sierra Pacific Resources (Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power), Southwestern Electric Power, (American Electric Power), TXU, Xcel Energy. International Coal Group,

JP Morgan Chase:

Major subsidiaries and brands: JP Morgan & Co. merged with Chase Manhattan in 2000. Merged with Bank One of Chicago in 2004. Pier 1 National Bank

Headquarters: New York, NY
2006 Revenues: $61 billion
CEO: Jamie Dimon
Web Site: http://www.jpmorganchase.com

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Consol Energy (CNX), Dayton Power & Light, Dynegy, Great River Energy, International Coal Group, LS Power, MidAmerican Energy, Mirant, Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, Peabody Energy, TXU, Unisource Energy.

Lehman Brothers:

CEO: Richard S. Fuld.

Headquarters: New York City, NY

2006 Revenues: $46 billion

Website: http://www.lehman.com/

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, Dynegy, Florida Power & Light, International Coal Group, Peabody Energy, Sierra Pacific Resources (Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power) Southwestern Electric Power, (American Electric Power), TXU, Xcel Energy,

Merrill Lynch:

Major subsidiaries and brands: 49% owner in BlackRock Inc, one of the largest investors in climate-damaging energy industries worldwide.
Headquarters: New York, NY
2006 Revenues: $70 billion
CEO: Stan O’Neal
Web Site: http://ww.ml.com

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Alpha Natural Resources, BlackRock Inc. LS Power, Sierra Pacific Resources (Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power).

Morgan Stanley:

Major subsidiaries and brands: Dean Witter, Discover Credit Card.
Headquarters: New York, NY
2006 Revenues: $76 billion
CEO: John Mack
Web Site: http://www.morganstanley.com

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Alpha Natural Resources, American National Power (International Power), DPL Inc., Dynegy, China Coal Energy Company, Duke Energy, Florida Power & Light, International Coal Group, LS Power, James River Coal, Peabody Energy, TXU, Xcel Energy, Wisconsin Electric.

Wells Fargo:

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
2006 Revenues: $35 billion
CEO: Richard Kovacevich
Web Site: http://www.wellsfargo.com/

Known Recent Financial Involvement with the following coal and power companies:

Alpha Natural Resources, Consol Energy (CNX), MidAmerican Energy, Peabody Energy, Unisource Energy, Xcel Energy