By Anonymous, submitted on Wed, 11/05/2005 - 09:39
Five Greenpeace activists went on trial in the southern Spanish city of CÃ¡diz yesterday on charges related to a protest against the use of a Spanish port by US navy vessels heading for the Iraq war. "Greenpeace activists in other countries such as the UK, the Netherlands, Chile and France were also arrested during anti-war protests but none received such severe charges and violent treatment as those in Spain," a statement said. Two Spaniards, an American, a New Zealander and an Argentinian face prison sentences of between nine months and three years in connection with the Rainbow Warrior's "symbolic blockade" of the joint US-Spanish naval base at Rota More than 84,000 people have signed a petition asking to be sent to jail alongside the activists if they are convicted. Judgment is expected within days.