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Activists buzz Vattenfall CEO with paint bombs

TT/The Local · 29 Apr 2009, 15:54

Published: 29 Apr 2009 15:54 GMT+02:00

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“It’s disheartening to realize that there are people who want to express themselves in that way. And it’s unacceptable,” said Josefsson to the TT news agency following the attack, sporting a shirt covered with green paint flecks.

Four people, two men and two women, were arrested on Wednesday afternoon in connection with the attack.

“They’ve been arrested for assault and vandalism. They’ll be interrogated later in the day,” said police spokesperson Bengt Hellström of Stockholm’s Södermalm police department, to TT.

The attackers are thought to have snuck into the conference facilities at Berns restaurant in Stockholm and hid behind chairs before the start of the scheduled press conference.

“I was scared. I didn’t know if they were armed,” said Vattenfall’s Nordic spokesperson Erik von Hofsten to TT.

Von Hofsten theorized that the attackers were passionate environmental activists.

“I have full respect for their engagement, but their methods are reprehensible,” he said.

Vattenfall reported a 12.6 percent rise in profits to 12.9 billion kronor ($1.585 billion) for the first quarter of 2009.

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Turnover increased by 15.7 percent to 52.5 billion kronor, with positive currency effects of about 4.8 billion kronor contributing to the improved results.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:13 April 29, 2009 by mkvgtired
If the environmentalists are so against the power company maybe the power company should do them a favor and cut off their power. Also cut off the means of heating their homes (if it is not electric) because I am sure those resources are raped from the earth as well. Then they would really be going green.
19:17 April 29, 2009 by Merik
I aplaud this type of protest, yeah it's illegal but it's peaceful., it makes us think, if people in power cared about jobs they would take those CEO bonuses and hire people with it, or make jobs stable instead of a constant whirling door of ingoing and outgoing employees, who can work like that? That should be illegal, where is the law that protects employees from employee abuse? I think red paint should be thrown on those who accidently killed innocent people out of hate, anger or fear as well, hate anger and fear lead to the darkside, killing and abusing our family members and neighbors is not ok, it is non violent , action through non action, I wouldn't personally do it but I aplaud those who do. It helps society see these tyrants for what they are power hungry people with who have no values for human life or workers that isn't involved in there own element, no citizens should be killed, no employees should be abused.
21:44 April 29, 2009 by BlackfDes

Send 'em to jail for a looooong time!

Violent protest is just NOT on. Throwing things at people is NOT a non-violent protest. Fair enough if they yelled and screamed to make a point but they threw things to cause damage and potentially could have caused a permanent injury to someone; oil-based paint in the eye can cause serious injuries.

So please send them to jail for as long as possible so that the point is made that violent protests are totally unacceptable in this civilised society.


The Black One
22:49 April 29, 2009 by wxman
The young cops look like good kids, dedicated to keeping order in a country circling the drain.
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