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Greenpeace activist in court over Marsden B

Tue, 22 Feb 2005

Greenpeace activist in court over Marsden B as Occupation Enters Seventh Day

Whangarei, Tuesday 22 February, 2004: As the Greenpeace Marsden B rooftop occupation continues into day seven, Greenpeace activist Gareth Moon has appeared in the Whangarei District Court. He entered no plea and has been remanded until 10 March for charges of wilful trespass and unlawfully being upon a building.

Malcolm Wren of Auckland, Kate Lowe of Wellington and Raoni Hammer of Christchurch continue the rooftop occupation in good spirits.

Outside the court, Gareth Moon said, "I am proud to be one of the people who occupied Marsden B in protest at Mighty River Power plans to burn coal there. The occupation began on the day the Kyoto Protocol came in force internationally. Mighty River Power's proposal would fuel global warming by pumping around two million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air every year. To allow this to happen would be unforgivable."

"I felt I had to make a stand because despite all the clean and renewable ways New Zealand can generate electricity, the Government is allowing one of it's own companies to pursue the dirtiest of all: burning coal."

"The Government must walk their talk on climate change and stop Marsden B," concluded Gareth Moon.

Gareth had to descend from the roof of Marsden B due to family issues on Saturday.

Updates are being posted direct from the rooftop occupation at: http://weblog.greenpeace.org/nz/

Images of the ocupation are available at: http://www.greenpeace.gen.nz/gallery/2005/

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