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News ::
11 Jul 2000
(Or, "Let This Be A Lesson")

On Tuesday 20th June, 17 people entered, occupied and closed the BOCM Pauls
animal feed processing plant in Alton, Hampshire. BOCM Pauls is a large
manufacturer of animal feed in the UK, and since 50% of all genetically
modified (GM) crops are used in animal feed, this means that BOCM Pauls
probably use more GM products than any other UK company.

In a well-planned action people arrived at the front gate at around 1.00pm.
Different groups made their way to the offices and the processing plants,
whilst another closed the gates and hung a cool banner reading ‚?~Resistance
is Fertile!‚?(tm) across them.

......The be-suited office employees were talked to, but most expressed
confusion and/or an antagonistic attitude. In the manufacturing plant it was
different, with some of the occupiers having a cup of tea and some cool
chats with the people working there ‚?" maybe next time they‚?(tm)ll even be
a game of football!

After an hour or so four police turned up. Slightly baffled, they
didn‚?(tm)t really do anything except stop a macho truck driver from
starting a fight with people blocking the gate. After another hour a chief
cop and video wielding cop arrived and after more faffing gave a deadline
‚?" leave or be arrested. There was an impromptu get together and he was
given the occupiers decision ‚?" that they would stay until 4.30pm and leave
then, not before. And that‚?(tm)s what happened. A successful day ‚?" no
injuries or arrests, a shut down of a GM related industry for an afternoon,
some minor office mischief, a good laugh and another chance to see some
mates. Watch out for more‚?¶
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