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Ohio judge says Greenpeace protest ‘reckless’

Forest destruction was the issue at the headquarters of Procter & Gamble Co., parent of Boston-based Gillette.

Amanda Rossmann /Associated Press

Forest destruction was the issue at the headquarters of Procter & Gamble Co., parent of Boston-based Gillette.

CINCINNATI — A judge set bond Wednesday at $50,000 each for nine Greenpeace activists he rebuked for their eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters.

They were arrested on burglary and vandalism charges after Tuesday’s protest of the company’s use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia.

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The activists used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from P&G’s two towers as a helicopter filmed them.

‘‘You put people in danger,’’ said Judge Brad Greenberg.

Greenpeace said all nine activists were released by Wednesday evening. Their cases will go to a grand jury.

P&G said it is committed to achieving a 100 percent sustainable supply of palm oil by 2015.

A Greenpeace representative, Amy Moas, said the activists are willing to deal with the consequences of their protest and the environmental organization backs them completely.

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Police are trying to determine how they evaded the company’s security.

P&G said a preliminary investigation showed that one protester gained access to the building through a third party who shares P&G office space.

Authorities said that property damage, including broken window locks, would total more than $10,000.

Associated Press

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