Activists end 24 hour lockdown of AbitibiBowater headquarters



    MONTREAL, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Three Greenpeace activists chained to
the front entrance of logging giant AbitibiBowater's headquarter since early
yesterday morning have ended their blockade. Cyndie Dubois, Hubert Rochon and
Erick Desforges were protesting the paper and lumber manufacturer's
destructive logging in the last intact areas of the Boreal Forest.
    "The activists are satisfied that they sent a loud and clear message to
the company, provincial government and public that the destruction of intact
Boreal Forest must end," explained Forest Campaigner Melissa Filion. "We
disrupted the daily activities of AbitibiBowater for more than 24 hours and
forced management to pay attention to this issue."
    Greenpeace returned to peaceful civil disobedience and mobilization of
AbitibiBowater's major customers after several months of formal and mediated
discussions with AbitibiBowater failed to produce any suspension of logging in
intact forest areas. After the two parties were unable to find common ground,
an independent facilitator declared an impasse.
    Despite the company's message that they want to pursue dialogue,
Greenpeace has made it clear to CEO Dave Patterson that he must defer logging
in intact forests. These areas have already been identified by Greenpeace and
represent some of the areas best suited to protecting biodiversity and storing
carbon to fight climate change.
    "AbitibiBowater is squandering a globally important resource and
ecosystem. The time has come for AbitibiBowater to engage in science based
solutions to protect intact forests," said Filion.
    Greenpeace maintains that a greater emphasis on forest protection will
help to assure more stability in the global marketplace. Already several major
customers of AbitibiBowater have cancelled or reduced their contracts because
of continued cutting in intact forest areas.

    Note to editors: High resolution images are posted at
www.greenpeace.ca/gallery.




For further information:

For further information: Melissa Filion, Forest Campaigner, (514)
581-8216; Isabelle Monette, Media and PR Officer, (514) 212-5749


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