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(en) Belgium, raids vs anti-GE activists (fr)

From jasper@groenfront.nl
Date Wed, 12 Feb 2003 13:36:36 -0500 (EST)


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The following press release in French appears to us (!) to report raids
by the Belgian police at the end of last week on the Collective of
Action GénEthique (CAGE). During the raids the federal police of Ghent
apparently removed computers and documents on the spread of GMOs in the
environment and in the food chain in Belgium.

The press release also refers to press reports of further police raids
in Flanders at the offices of the environmental associations Velt and
JNM (Jeugdbond voor Natuurstudie in Milieubescherming), as well as, we
believe, at the office of the Ministry of the Environment, where
documents on the cultivation of GMOs were seized without proper
explanation. Press reports refer to "suspicions" that assistants of the
Minister of the Environment were implicated in the digging up of GM
crops.

The press release links the heavy-handed police raids to the fact that
pro-GM interests are concerned that the number of experimental GM
releases in Belgium has fallen from 144 in the year 2000 to just 1 in
2003!  The multinational corporation Bayer-Aventis has called a halt to
all its releases in Belgium.


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