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Peaceful Protest at Arnhem HQ

Environmental campaigners have staged a peaceful protest at Akzo Nobel's Arnhem headquarters in the Netherlands.

Environmental activists dressed in white overalls demonstrated outside the company’s headquarters in Arnhem this week.

Against a backdrop of taped chainsaws and jungle sounds, Dutch Friends of the Earth campaigners hung a huge net—representing a jungle curtain—across the entrance to the Arnhem site on Monday morning.

They also handed out leaflets to arriving workers, accusing the company of planning to take part in the construction of a new pulp factory in Indonesia that would involve cutting down huge swathes of rainforest on the island of Kalimantan.

In answer to the protests, Akzo Nobel issued a statement during the course of the morning refuting the accusations, stating that the company had already informed environmental groups it would not take part if the project failed to comply with sustainable development requirements.

(Released: December 2)

 

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