The Police impute four crimes to the activists who climbed a thermal power plant in Malaga

23 Greenpeace activists who participated this Thursday in a protest action at the Naturgy thermal power plant in Malaga are now facing accusations from the Police, who blame them for up to four possible crimes: damage, trespassing, public disorder and resistance and disobedience to The authority. Each of them participated in the action in a different way, so the accusations are individualized, according to police sources. Some of these crimes are punishable by up to three years in prison and, added together, could lead to up to five years in prison.

The Civil Guard boards the Greenpeace ship that prevented the entry of a ship with natural gas in the port of Sagunto

The Civil Guard boards the Greenpeace ship that prevented the entry of a ship with natural gas in the port of Sagunto

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“We believe that we have the right to nonviolent protest against acts as flagrant as buying gas from an authoritarian regime that is carrying out an illegal invasion. It is a legitimate act against crimes against humanity”, analyzes Paco del Pozo, coordinator of the NGO’s Fossil Fuels campaign. He trusts that there will be no convictions, and wields the “right to legitimate protest” and to “defense the planet and the people.” “Most judges are reasonable. Above all, because until now naturgy He has not reported us.”

Del Pozo was present at the action, which had moments of tension without ever becoming violent. Several activists took charge of a kind of mediation with the Police, which finally evicted some of them “by dragging”. “We have to show determination in our claims, but it is nonviolent resistance,” says Del Pozo.

The activists arrived at the facility in the early morning and unfurled several banners. Two of them, in the chimney and the cooling tower of the plant, which read: “Gas finances war” and “Naturgy finances war”. Several activists were perched on the structures of the plant, 50 meters high, until well into the afternoon.

All the detainees were released on Thursday night, after giving a statement to the Police, who have referred the matter to the judicial authority. The operation to evict the activists from a plant that Naturgy has in the neighborhood of Campanillas (Málaga) was then concluded.

“This plant burns Russian gas”

According to Greenpeace, Naturgy sells “expensive, dirty and cruel” electricity. “This plant burns Russian gas to sell electricity, but causing energy poverty, climate change and financing the Putin regime,” they wrote on Twitter. The NGO accused the electricity company of having imported six ships with gas from Russia with an estimated value of 690 million euros since that country invaded Ukraine at the end of February.

Greenpeace has put the former Gas Natural Fenosa under the spotlight. He accuses it of being the company that buys the most gas from Russia, 10% of the total consumed in Spain, and has carried out actions in the regasification plant of the port of Bilbao, the company’s headquarters in Madrid and thirteen commercial offices of all of Spain.

According to Greenpeace, Naturgy buys the gas from Yamal LNG, a consortium owned 80% by Novatec, a Russian public company controlled by two oligarchs close to Putin, Gennady Timchenko and Leonid Mikhelson. The contract allows it to annually import some 37 gas tankers from Siberia, according to the NGO, which calls for the embargo on Russian oil currently being debated in the European Union to be extended to gas.

Naturgy has not denounced them for any of their previous actions, says Del Pozo. “What he doesn’t want is bad press. They spend a million on greenwashing and positioning themselves in the fight against the climate crisis.” For this reason, it would be better for him to let the storm subside and not stir it up with denunciations. “They know that our demands are not achievable with their current business model.”

Naturgy has not responded to the email from this medium to assess the matter.

“It is time to stop importing Russian fossil fuels”

“It is time to immediately stop importing Russian fossil fuels and demand structural changes that allow us to design and participate in an energy market historically dominated by Naturgy and four other energy oligopoly companies, which have speculated, abused political and legal benefits and who have enriched themselves at the cost of impoverishing society and polluting the planet,” Del Pozo said yesterday.

In statements to this medium, the activist says that Greenpeace opposes gas “wherever it comes from”, and gives as an example the blockade of a ship that was transporting 138,000 cubic meters of liquefied gas extracted in Texas, in October last year in Sagunto. (Valencia). “We are concerned that the EU agreements that seek gas from elsewhere will tie us to other authoritarian regimes, such as Azerbaijan or Qatar. What we want is decarbonization and the development of renewables through energy self-generation in the hands of people”.

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