New Internationalist Issue 279
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Buzzing the behemoth
GREENPEACE GETS UP PEOPLE'S NOSES. Founded in Vancouver in 1971, the organization exploded into inter-national prominence and mass membership when the French Secret Service bombed its ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland in 1985. Its direct confrontation of the huge and impersonal forces that threaten the world's safety has often led to accusations of publicity hunger. Certainly Greenpeace has always been aware of the power of the daring stunt and the single image to attract attention and inspire - those tiny dinghies confronting the monster warship USS Eisenhower (bottom); the stark anticipation of Ken Saro-Wiwa's execution in Nigeria (left).
But why should the Devil have all the best images? Greenpeace's daring and media-grasp have helped inspire a new generation of direct-activists. And it is a token of their success that when France restarted its nuclear tests in the Pacific last year the protests were not left to a lonely Greenpeace boat but exploded all over the world - not least on the rioting streets of Tahiti .
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