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Councillor leads protest against Total Oil in Lewsiham

pellarin | 20.10.2007 18:04 | Anti-militarism | Repression | Social Struggles | London

20 protestors, led by local Green Party councillor Sue Luxton, converged on the Total petrol station near Catford on Saturday morning. They were raising awareness of Lewisham Council's investment in Total Oil and calling for Total Oil to pull out of Burma.

Councillor Luxton recently discovered that Lewsiham Council has nearly £4m invested in Total Oil, and £12m overall in companies that do business with the Burmese military junta. Cllr Luxton called for the protest to draw attention to her findings and to encourage the Lewisham Council to invest ethically.

In a press release Cllr Luxton said, “Anyone who has seen or read about the brutal oppression that has taken place in Burma will be horrified to hear that Lewisham Council has so much money invested in companies who do business with the Burmese military junta. It makes a complete mockery of the council’s so-called socially responsible investment policy.”

The protest, at the Total Oil station on Whitefoot Lane, Catford SE6, was covered by local press and received favourable support from passing motorists.

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