Six members of Everglades Earth First! trekked twenty miles north this morning, passing the decimated Briger Forest on the way, to join a group of about 20 others to protest security group G4S’s role in providing protection for the perpetrators of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The weary eyed but determined activists arrived at 1395 University Blvd in Jupiter at 7:30 am, just in time to catch the mercenaries on their way to work. We were told by one of the twelve police officers on the scene that the parking lot and parking garage were private property and we weren’t welcome there. After confronting a half a dozen G4S employees—receiving only dead stares in return—we acquiesced and moved to the sidewalk about 100 feet from their front door.
The corporation felt the pressure enough to send out their communications director, Monica Garcia. Garcia swore G4S had nothing to do with the DAPL, then backtracked to say that they had nothing to do with the events of September 3, before finally admitting that the goons they were paying were in fact in North Dakota on a two week contract, but promised that they only protected parking lots and were unarmed. Garcia did however tell the crowd that she was personally against pipelines and that she couldn’t see her company getting involved with security of the upcoming Sabol Pipeline here in Florida or heading back to North Dakota.
Stragglers were still arriving to work as late as nine o’clock and were visibly shaken by the loud chants of “People, not pipelines” and “We will never compromise,” and the raucous yelling of individual protest-goers. Some of them even made their way back outside, trying to hide in the shadows, no doubt wondering how they became such horrible people.
G4S is an international “security” firm that terrorizes innocent people for profit in over 100 countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to ensuring that the land destroyers in North Dakota remain safe, they also help uphold the genocide in Palestine and make sure that juveniles at 32 facilities remain trapped behind bars.
As usual, G4S employees will continue to be hounded by members of EEF! and other local activists until they quit their jobs and do something worthwhile with their lives. Sign-holding protests are only the beginning and G4S need only look at past campaigns to see how far we are willing to go when the Earth is under attack. Stay tuned to this blog and our Facebook page for updates on further events.
G4S can be reached at (800)275-8305
For more information on G4S, check out this article from DeSmog Blog