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Anti-Logging Protesters: ‘We Are Not Terrorists’

May 6, 2013 | Northwest News Network
CONTRIBUTED BY:
Chris Lehman


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  • An overturned vehicle blocks a logging road. Some Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier for timber companies to sue protesters and increase criminal penalties for people who block logging operations. credit: Flickr/ F.Eatherington
An overturned vehicle blocks a logging road. Some Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier for timber companies to sue protesters and increase criminal penalties for people who block logging operations. | credit: Flickr/ F.Eatherington | rollover image for more

SALEM, Ore. — Some environmental groups say they’re being unfairly targeted by legislation working its way through the Oregon capitol. A pair of measures take aim at protesters who get in the way of tree harvesting operations on state-owned forest land.

One bill would make it easier for timber companies to sue protesters. Another would increase criminal penalties for people who block logging operations.

Or, as Republican representative Wayne Krieger put it on the House floor, “The bill addresses environmental terrorism.”

But anti-logging groups say that’s a dramatic exaggeration of what they say is non-violent civil disobedience. Things like climbing up a tree that’s about to be cut down. Or lying in front of logging trucks.

Read the full story at the Northwest News Network, where this report first appeared.

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