Soooo ridiculous. Will Potter, THE expert on animal and environmental activists being inappropriately treated as terrorists had a breaking story yesterday on 12 animal rights and environmental activists who have been arrested in Spain and labelled “eco-terrorists.” It seems to have gone viral (gotten extremely popular), and for good reason.
Note: tomorrow, June 24, is an International day of protest and solidarity around this issue, Here’s a list of Spanish embassies. Protests are being planned for San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Washington DC, Munich (Germany) from 9 am – 1 pm in front of the Spanish embassy (Oberföhriger Str. 45), and Brussels (Belgium) at 2 pm in front of the Spanish embassy (Wetenschapsstraat 19). You can also can donate to their legal support here (in English).
More from Potter:
“Little information is available about this developing story right now, but some of the activists have worked with Igualdad Animal on open rescues, walking into factory farms where animals were being abused, documenting the animal welfare violations, and then rescuing some of the animals.”
Maybe not completely legal, but that is FAR from terrorism.
Some news outlets are reporting that the activists are alleged to have ties to the Animal Liberation Front. However, Javier Moreno, a spokesperson for the above-ground group Igualdad Animal (and one of those arrested), says his group has been targeted because the government hasn’t been able to actually catch the people committing ALF crimes. He called the attack on Igualdad Animal open-rescue activists “an attempt to criminalize animal rights movement” and said the eco-terrorism rhetoric is part of a continued campaign against all aspects of the animal rights movement.
“As they have no one to charge for the release of Minks, they have arrested several members Equanimal and Animal Equality in an attempt to criminalize the animal rights movement, as happens in other European countries,” he said. “The lobbies of animal exploitation and the powerful multinationals want to stop the animal movement and the repression is now coming to Spain.”
Read more and get continual updates over on Green is the New Red: Breaking: 12 Activists Arrested in Spain, Being Charged With “Eco-Terrorism”
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