Demonstration and protest on the occasion of the AGM of the BAYER shareholders on 28th April 2017 in Bonn, Germany
More and more organisations concerned with small-scale and organic farming such as ABL and IFOAM International, environmental protection, NGOs such as MISEREOR, trade unions such as ver.di, social grassroots initiatives and student organisations such as Cologne University students' union executive committee (AStA) have announced many different protests around the Bayer AGM.
Bigger corporations, bigger protests
Axel Köhler-Schnura of the Coalition against Bayer Dangers (CBG) said: “The agreed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer is leading to much bigger protests.” Like in the past 32 years CBG is organising the protests inside and outside the Bayer AGM, including a demonstration and an event and protest programme in several cities. At the “International Monsanto Tribunal” in The Hague in October 2016 many organisations had announced their support for the protests at Bayer's HQ in Germany in the face of the Monsanto takeover.
Vandana Shiva calls to support protests at BAYER shareholder meeting
The Indian physicist and bearer of the Alternative Nobel Prize, Vandana Shiva, calls to support the protests: „All over the world, Monsanto and Bayer seek to control each link of the food-health chain. From conventional seeds to pesticides to GMOs, they have a grand design to create a new mega- multinational Corporation. And Bayer don’t even asks his shareholders to approve the take over of Monsanto. Therefore I appeal to the shareholders not to give their vote to relief the management but to the counter motion of the Coordination against BAYER-dangers!“
BAYER AGM moves to Bonn – so does the protest!
At short notice, on 22nd February, Bayer announced in its press conference on the AGM that it would hold it on 28th April at the Bonn World Conference Center (WCCB) instead of Koelnmesse. Simon Ernst, district organiser for the division Education, Science and Research of the trade union ver.di commented: “The management possibly thought that by moving from the big city of Cologne to a quieter place it can keep protests down. I can tell you as a citizen of Bonn: Their plan will fail! We will loudly protest at the venue outside and inside the AGM and invite everyone to get up early and to support us!”
Demonstration at 28th April at the Platz der Vereinten Nationen
Ernst has registered a demonstration by the Coalition against Bayer Dangers on the morning of the 28th April directly in front of the WCCB. He asks: “How can we possibly accept that the natural foundations of life of all mankind are sacrificed in the hunt for profit by just a few global corporations such as Bayer and Monsanto?”
Bayer wants to polish Monsanto's image
BAYER now wants to polish the dirty image of GM and Monsanto in France and above all here in Germany. Axel Köhler-Schnura said on behalf of CBG: “We will thwart Bayer's intentions! In the end it could massively backfire for Bayer. In light of the takeover the protest movement is now becoming much more connected and we are looking at an increasingly global resistance.”
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