Friday, November 16, 2007

Protesters accuse the EPA of protecting big business

Recent violent events at EPA meetings highlight some worrying incidents in the plight of the Taiwan humpback dolphins vs further industrial development of the Yunlin County coastal area have resulted in accusations that the EPA is protecting big business. Probably the most worrying incident was the apparent assault of former EIA Assessment Committee member and Taipei based lawyer, Robin Winkler, at an EPA meeting when he left the meeting room to get some water. This followed an earlier incident on the floor during the same meeting. The actions by the EPA in the wake of such incidents appear wholly unsatisfactory and there are serious concerns amongst environmentalists that such indifference could be interpreted as a message that violence against environmentalists is acceptable. We would urge the EPA to speak out against these recent events and make a clear statement that violence against environmentalists will not be tolerated.

Also see:

Environmental activists denounce EPA

Second Investigative Hearing into Assault Against Wild at Heart Director at Meeting Involving Humpback Dolphins

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