Hundreds Formed No To BNPP Human Banner
Hundreds of Greenpeace volunteers, supporters and allies formed a giant ‘human banner’ spelling “No to BNPP” at the University of the Philippines, as a message of solidarity opposing a House bill to revive the mothballed nuclear plant.
Greenpeace South East Asia was able to mobilize about 800 people yesterday, February 22, 2009, in a first big public gathering of organizations opposing the rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) at the University of the Philippines Sunken Garden.
Almost half of the participants were Greenpeace volunteers, supporters, family and friends. There were also attendees from Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia and India.
The program started at 9 AM. Greenpeace campaigner, FDC chair and former Akbayan partylist representative Etta Rosales, Akbayan Partylist rep Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Cong. Erin Tanada, Malaysian MP Charles Santiago and Indonesian activist Khalisah Kalid of Koalisi Anti Utang gave their speeches. Beau Baconguis read the solidarity message from Bishop Soc Villegas of the Diocese of Bataan.
After the program, the human banner was formed. Everyone held up one orange A4
sized paper to give more color and movement to the banner. The photo shoot took about half an hour. By 10:30 the crowd had completed the action. The energy was very high and almost everyone was happy with the outcome.
Today, 20 Greenpeace volunteers and supporters will join the church-organized mobilization in Balanga, Bataan.
Please see more photos here.
Photo Credits to Greenpeace South East Asia
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