Greenpeace activists arrested after blocking airport on Bush arrival to Brussels
Brussels, 13 June 2001. Thirty Greenpeace activists from 12 countries have now been arrested after carrying out a series of protests to US President George W. Bush's plans to deploy a star wars missile system and that government's rejection of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
Seventeen activists blocked the main gates of the military airport where Mr. Bush arrived this morning. A further 12 activists locked themselves to the gate. The fire brigade arrested the last twelve activists a few hours later.
Another German activist was arrested after flying a motor propelled parachute over NATO Headquarters where President Bush was meeting with European heads of State. The parachute trailed a banner which read: "Stop Star Wars".
The German activist was arrested when he landed in a nearby field.
There was a demonstration outside of NATO with the participation of other environmental, peace and human rights NGOs.
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activists come from the following countries: Denmark, United
Kingdom, US, Slovakia, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Belgium,
France, Germany, Austria, Turkey.
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