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Judge won't toss charges against P&G protesters

Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) corporate headquarters is seen July 15, 2008 in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
A judge won't stop burglary charges against Greenpeace activists who unfurled giant banners from the twin towers of Procter & Gamble's world headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/02 1:15 pm

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge has refused to dismiss burglary charges against nine Greenpeace activists arrested after an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

Hamilton County Judge Robert Winkler rejected arguments from the defense that the actions were free speech.

In a stunning security breach on March 4, the activists slipped past P&G's security and used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from the consumer products company's two towers as a helicopter filmed them.

The activists have pleaded not guilty to burglary and vandalism charges.

They were protesting P&G's use of palm oil from a supplier, saying the oil is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia.

P&G has said the company is committed to 100 percent sustainable sourcing of its palm oil by 2015.

 

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