Hearing Held For Greenpeace Activists In March 4th P&G Protest

Jul 21, 2014

A southwest Ohio judge plans to hear from prosecutors and defense attorneys about the case against nine Greenpeace activists today. No trial date has been set yet on burglary and vandalism charges that followed the March 4 protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati. Hamilton County Judge Robert Winkler has rejected defense arguments that the activists were simply exercising their free speech rights when they unfurled giant banners from the consumer products maker's towers as a helicopter filmed them. Prosecutors say that regardless of their political message, the activists committed crimes and caused damage. The activists were protesting P&G use of palm oil Greenpeace linked to tropical forest destruction. P&G has since revised its supply policy.