National Rally visits GM crop site in Warwickshire
On Saturday 9th March around 200 people attended the national rally in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire opposing the growing of Genetically Modified crops. Speakers addressed the rally prior to it visiting a field of GM crops near the village of Long Marston, 5 miles away. A parade lead by musicians left the village at 2.45 to visit the GM crops, about 10 minutes walk away. Colourful costumes, a giant bee, banners,
local people, families as well as campaigners from around the country joined together in this peaceful and light hearted parade. Most of the procession, dressed in white suits, followed the public footpath towards the field, to bear witness to the genetic pollution growing there. About 100 people went onto the field to pull up the crop, and after about 1/2 an hour, the police moved in to arrest people. They made 5 arrests, and the charges are likely to be for criminal damage. No security guards or farm workers were on the field.
A Warwickshire Police spokesman said "We were treating it as a peaceful protest, but it did go beyond that," he said. He was obviously unaware that his officers were to be seen enjoying tea and cakes provided by the local WI, in the village hall, with the protesters after the event.
Genetically Modified oilseed rape is being grown at Forest Farm, Long
Pictures are available online @ www.geneticsaction.org.uk