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Seismic survey committee can’t achieve its goal

Monday, November 18, 2013

“It’s a terrible thing when a government fights its own people.” This came to mind as Gary Aboud and Cathal Healy-Singh, of environmental activist group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), were carried off in the trunk of a police SUV, last week Tuesday, November 12. Minutes before, a policeman had threatened to throw “a grenade” into a crowd of peaceful protesters who refused to disperse. 


This set off a mini series of events: Angered by the threat, Aboud started singing the national anthem using a bullhorn; feeling provoked, a policeman singled him out for arrest. Protesting fisherman Wayne Henry, a big guy, surged towards the policeman, questioning his reason for the arrest. No doubt because of his intimidating size, Henry was promptly handcuffed and led away. 


Aboud and others held on to Henry, until Aboud himself was dragged off. Adding injury to insult, a handcuffed Henry had his feet kicked from underneath him, and fell face down to the ground. 



The protest, at the International Waterfront, was part of an ongoing campaign to demand an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for seismic surveys. Good business practice and sustainable use of natural resources go hand in hand. This is why the governments of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Norway, just to name a few, require an EIA for seismic surveys.