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W.Mass Demonstrates Against Exxon/Mobil
11 Jul 2001
Activists in Western Mass decended on Exxon/Mobil demanding they support the Kyoto Protocol, stop extraction on public lands, and agree to an investigation of its human rightsabuses.
Dozens of activists from Western Massachusetts decended on the Exxon and Mobil gas station complex on Route 9 in Amherst, Mass. at 11am. this morning. As if on cue, an earlier rainstorm passed and the Sun peaked from beneath the clouds, casting light on the sins of oil giant Exxon/Mobil in the form of placards held by demonstrators in gas masks and biohazzard suits. "Exxon/Mobil: Climate Criminals" read one such sign, refering to the corporations denial of climate change brought about by the overuse of fossil fuels and the company's efforts to undermine the Kyoto Protocol which would reduce CO2 emission levels.
But Exxon/Mobil's sins don't stop at trashing climate protection programs. A leaflet handed out to passing motorists and potential Exxon/Mobil customers listed many other good reasons to boycott the company: "ExxonMobil wants congress to OK drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; ExxonMobil still invests nothing in renewable energy; Human rights groups in Indonesia report that ExxonMobil provided equipment to dig mass graves, equip soldiers to commit atrocities against local people, and allowed company facilities to be used for interrogation involving torture."
The group, made up of students from MassPirg, activists from Mass Earth First! and other local residents, are demanding that Exxon/Mobil support the Kyoto Protocol; stop pushing for extraction on public lands; cease all new exploration and invest in renewables; and submit to an investigation by an international human rights tribunal. At press time, no spokesperson for the corporation came forward to meet those demands .
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