report from the beleNE action in Amsterdam below; pictures will arrive shortly:)
Today, June 5th 2007 twenty five people from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Argentina, USA, Philippines and
Indonesia protested against the French bank BNP-Paribas's decision to
provide 250 million for the Belene Nuclear Power plant in Bulgaria.
Action took place in front of the bank's office in Amsterdam.
The staff of the bank seemed highly scared to walk out, and after 20
minutes of intensive door-bell-ringing dared to speak to the protestors
through a small front door window. The bank representative confirmed
BNP-Paribas's involvement in a nuclear power plant in Bulgaria and did
not add any other comments.
If constructed, Belene NPP will become one of the largest nuclear power
plant in Europe, built on a territory, which is highly earth-quake
prone. The 5 billlion Euro nuclear power plant is a highly political project,
approved by the Bulgarian government with a fake environmental
assessment. Many private banks have pulled out of the project, defining
it as too risky. BNP-Paribas however seems to be eager to support a
nuclear power plant, using the same reactor type as Chernobil's.
Hopefully not for long.
Organizers: Banktrack, ASEED Europe, Friends of the Earth International, Both Ends, WISE, XminY