Of course it’s not a new tactic by any means. Disrupting mining companies’ official annual general meetings has an honourable history going back more than three decades, especially in the UK, Australia and Canada. However, following feminists’ vocal intervention at an Australian Melbourne mining club a fortnight ago, half a dozen demonstrators last week went one step further. They reportedly forced the hasty departure of around a hundred participants at a luncheon hosted by the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, by showering them with coal – and fermented fish. The protestors were incensed that the meeting’s keynote speaker, the CEO of Compliance Energy Corp, was boosting his company’s Raven Coal project, allegedly situated in un-ceded First Nation’s territory on Vancouver Island. They claim that herring shoals will be adversely affected if the mine proceeds. Clearly, a relatively new stratagem is in the air. And perhaps it’s one which other dissidents should take on board?
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/11731.