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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.

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.

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