On Tuesday, April 22, protests against puppy-killing huntingdon Life Sciences wrapped up at Nomura after hitting HLS customers Bayer, Astra-Zenica, and Sanofi-Aventis. At Nomura, a security guard or employee acting as one (NOT in uniform) charged out the door and assaulted a protester. He threw a bullhorn on the ground and smashed it. He also stomped on an activists’s ankle in a determined but unsucessful effort to break it.
Nomura now faces the risk that any medical bills stemming from this assault will be submitted to them for payment. I do not know how serious this activist was hurt until he sees a doctor to have it examined-at Nomura’s expense. If Nomura refuses to pay both these bills and the cost of replacing the bullhorn, protest organizers will have the option of filing suit to recover damages and have been advised to discuss this with legal counsel.
Here is the previously posted report from DC Indymedia:
On Tuesday, April 26th, DC animal activists hit the streets again for early morning demonstrations at the offices of AstraZeneca, Bayer, Sanofi-Aventis and Nomura.
Showing up at 7:30 am at the AstraZeneca DC offices, activists sent a clear message to sleepy employees coming into work, that dealing with HLS, means getting an earful as they are coming into work, leaving work and even at home. The police arrived on the scene, but did not make any hostile actions against protesters. They asked if the bullhorns could be turned down, as office workers were complaining they could not concentrate with all of the noise! Since there are no laws in DC that supported this, DC activists continued the demos for another 30 minutes, with even more conviction to get the message to AstraZeneca to cancel their bloody contracts with HLS!
DC activists then moved on to Sanofi-Aventis for a reminder. Activists kept Sanofi-Aventis’ security on their toes by running to different entrances, and naming and shaming them for all to see and hear. Activists were able to distribute several fliers and a lot of public support!
The last stop of the day was Nomura, which is the top shareholder of Fortress Investment Group and also share directors. Activists again made it inside the Nomura lobby, but things started heating up after activists left. Security came barging out of the door at one activist and grabbed their bullhorns and slammed it to the ground, breaking it in half, after stomping an activist’s ankle. It seems that security is getting more and more frustrated with the protests and only increases activists resolve to close down HLS and their financial backers!