Legal victory for UK incinerator protesters

Greenpeace UK yesterday scored a court victory when a jury cleared five activists of causing criminal damage worth UK£10,000 (€16,290) at Britain's largest municipal waste incinerator. Last autumn the group occupied the plant, which it called "London's cancer factory," forcing it to close for six days (EED 09/10/00). Greenpeace claimed it had "lawful excuse" for the action because the incinerator was a threat to human health. The group won a similar legal victory last year when a jury rejected charges of theft after protestors destroyed a field of genetically modified maize (EED 20/09/00). See Greenpeace UK and press release.

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