World Oil Protests.
In June, more than 1,000 people peacefully protested in the streets of Calgary, Canada as the World Petroleum Congress (WPC WPC (in Britain) woman police constable
WPC (Brit) n abbr (= woman police constable) → Polizistin f
WPC n abbr (BRIT ) met behind a six-foot fence inside a $71 million conference center built especially for the oil industry gathering.
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Project Underground [www.moles.org], the heavy police presence "demonstrated the Lengths to which the oil industry and its supporters will go to silence a debate about energy options. The conclusion of many was that the police were there to protect corporations, not citizens."
On June 7, Project Underground campaigner Carwil James and Amit Srivastava of the Transnational Resource and Action Center [www.corpwatch.org] were detained, interrogated, and ultimately deported by Canadian immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. officials.
"Such repressive government behavior is proving our point," said Srivastava. "Institutions such as the WTO See World Trade Organization. , the World Bank, and the global oil industry are antithetical an·ti·thet·i·cal also an·ti·thet·ic
1. Of, relating to, or marked by antithesis.
2. Being in diametrical opposition. See Synonyms at opposite. to democracy."
The authorities claimed they acted to keep "outside agitators" from attending the weeklong protests. Yet white activists with multiple civil disobedience civil disobedience, refusal to obey a law or follow a policy believed to be unjust. Practitioners of civil disobediance basing their actions on moral right and usually employ the nonviolent technique of passive resistance in order to bring wider attention to the charges were apparently let into Canada without any problem. Srivastava is Indian-American and James is African-American.
"The troublemakers in Calgary are the oil executives" said one former Edmonton city official. "The trouble they're causing around the world is documented." Oil companies' rote in human rights violations, environmental degradation, and climate change are well-documented.
WPC organizer Jim Gray tried to assuage as·suage
tr.v. as·suaged, as·suag·ing, as·suag·es
1. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief. See Synonyms at relieve.
2. critics by saying that 25-30 percent of the papers presented at the event would address social and ecological issues.
Despite the military-style police presence and constant surveillance, demonstrators were able to challenge the WPC delegates to adopt cleaner power sources -- using a public address system powered by solar array and wind turbines.