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Portuguese anti-GM crop action classified as terrorism.by Open-Publishing - Monday 14 April 2008
Portuguese anti-GM crop action classified as terrorism.
GM er | 13.04.2008 23:24 | Bio-technology
Portuguese Judicial Police classifies action against genetically modified corn as a "terrorist" act in Europol report.
In the last "EU terrorism situation and trend report" of Europol, the partial mowing of a field in Silves (Portugal), last summer, is classified as a terrorist act. In France, Germany and the UK, similar actions are often far more radical and happen regularly. Yet, they are not classified as terrorist acts in the report. Currently, in Germany an occupation of experimental GM fields is taking place.
The Portuguese radio station ’Radio Clube’ was the first to report on the Europol document. But even the lawyer of the accusing party declared that he could not see any elements that would justify to label the destruction of the GM field of his client as ’terrorist’. A specialist in penal law also declared he could not establish any relation between the action in Silves and terrorist acts.
It is becoming obvious that the Portuguese government is grabbing all opportunities to crush opposition against GM crops, by classifying a non-violent political action as an act of terrorism. They had this opportunity here because the Europol report is written based on the contributions of the relevant authorities of each EU member state. When a democracy is weak, police, in this case judicial police can afford to spread this kind of nonsense in an official report. And it does not only affect the ones involved in this particular case, but it oppresses everyone struggling for a better world, without GMOs.