Police Fire Stun Grenades at Protesters
Johannesburg (24th August) - 50 Police in riot gear fired stun
grenades at around 700 protesters in front of the University of the
Witwatersrand. The protest was apparently a peaceful one, with the
demonstrators carrying candles and banners against Globalisation.
A police spokesperson said the demonstration was illegal because
the organisers had not applied for permission. The police actions
are seen as an indication of the South African Government's
intention to clamp down hard on demonstrations.
Earlier in the day, Greenpeace activists climbed the wall of a
building at the Koeberg nuclear plant, 20 kilometres to the north of
Cape Town. Twelve protesters were arrested and later released,
pending their appearance in court on Monday.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's record on key
environmental issues has been criticised by his own chief adviser on
Jonathon Porritt, Chair of the UK Government's Sustainable
Development Commission, says the government has failed to provide
leadership on key issues and accuses Mr Blair and New Labour of
"naive adulation" of big business. Mr Porritt said "It's demeaning and dead bad
for democracy to see any government so uncritically endorsing
corporate perspectives on the global economy, or on the best way of
Mr. Blair has also been heavily criticised for not taking the Summit
seriously and indulging in "soundbite politics", as he is only flying in on the final day to give a five