OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Five Greenpeace activists were arrested
this morning following an almost three-hour-long peaceful protest at Prime
Minister Stephen Harper's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive.
The activists were protesting Harper's refusal to honour Canada's legally
binding global commitments on climate change under the Kyoto Protocol. This
morning, they padlocked themselves to the gates of Sussex Drive, effectively
placing Harper under house arrest. Banners branded the Prime Minister a
"It is urgent that Mr. Harper keep Canada's legal commitment to the world
to fight global warming as part of Kyoto," said Dave Martin, Greenpeace
Canada's energy coordinator. "Global warming's impact on people and our
economy will be catastrophic. Canada is legally bound to act. Greenpeace
activists were arrested, but the real crime is the failure to fight global
Greenpeace was in Ottawa today to respond to the federal budget.
For further information:
For further information: Jane Story, Greenpeace Communications, cell:
(416) 930-9055; Jocelyn Desjardins, Greenpeace Communications, cell: (514)