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Thu Jun 25, 2020, 10:48 PM

US climate activists charged with 'terrorizing' lobbyist over plastic pollution stunt

Original reporting: How a file box full of plastic got two Louisiana women arrested for terrorizing (The Times-Picayune)

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Source: The Guardian

Cancer town
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US climate activists charged with 'terrorizing' lobbyist over plastic pollution stunt

Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh face up to 15 years in prison after delivering box of plastic pellets found as pollution

Emily Holden in Washington
Thu 25 Jun 2020 20.08 BST
Last modified on Thu 25 Jun 2020 23.26 BST

Environmental activists opposing a plastics manufacturing facility in Louisiana have been booked with a felony for “terrorizing” an oil and gas lobbyist by delivering a box of plastic pellets found as pollution in bays on the Texas coast.

Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, turned themselves into the Baton Rouge police department on Thursday, as first reported by the Times-Picayune.

The charges stem from a plastic pollution awareness event in December called “Nurdlefest”, which focused on the impacts of an expansive petrochemical and plastics complex approved to be built by Formosa Plastics in St James Parish.

Nurdles are the plastic pellets used to make plastic products. The Guardian has extensively covered the activism in its Cancer Town series from Reserve, Louisiana.

The offenses are punishable with up to 15 years in prison. The advocates’ lawyer, Pam Spees, with the Center for Constitutional Rights, said the charges have no merit and seem to be meant to discourage protesters.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/25/louisiana-bucket-brigade-arrests-formosa-plastics-protest

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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 06:50 AM

1. Totally bogus charge

I do hope they are processed by someone with a brain. I will follow this story. It would be awful if these people were actually sent to prison.


This is terrorism ? For a creep who seems to know how to sleazily take care of his own interests, this guy certainly "scares" easily.

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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 10:17 AM

2. Our legislators seem happy to override the 1st Amendment -- if only they'd find the balls to ...

override, or replace, the 2nd.

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