Saturday, October 20, 2007

Councillor leads protest in Lewsiham


20 protestors, led by local Green Party councillor Sue Luxton, converged on the Total petrol station near Catford on Saturday morning. They were raising awareness of Lewisham Council's investment in Total Oil and calling for Total Oil to pull out of Burma.

Councillor Luxton recently discovered that Lewsiham Council has nearly £4m invested in Total Oil, and £12m overall in companies that do business with the Burmese military junta. Cllr Luxton called for the protest in order to draw attention to her findings and to encourage Lewisham Council to invest ethically.

In a press release Cllr Luxton said, “Anyone who has seen or read about the brutal oppression that has taken place in Burma will be horrified to hear that Lewisham Council has so much money invested in companies who do business with the Burmese military junta. It makes a complete mockery of the council’s so-called socially responsible investment policy.”

The protest, at the Total Oil station on Whitefoot Lane, Catford SE6, was covered by local press and received favourable support from passing motorists.

1 comment:

Sue Luxton said...

There was also an item about this on the BBC Politics Show yesterday, to watch go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/
politics_show/default.stm and click on 'watch this week's programme'. Then forward to 44 minutes 20 seconds.