Posted by sarahjinn on November 6, 2008
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
The former chief hostage negotiator for New York City police, testifying as an expert in a trial over the shootings of Nigerian villagers on a Chevron oil barge, said Monday that the villagers were not holding employees hostage and that the company should not have summoned the Nigerian military.
“This probably was not a hostage situation. It was more like a civil disobedience or a sit-in,” Hugh McGowan, who now teaches classes to law enforcement officers nationwide on hostage negotiations, told a federal court jury in San Francisco. Go to Article
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Posted by sarahjinn on June 17, 2008
In May 1998, unarmed residents of the Niger Delta protested at Chevron’s offshore Parabe Platform, demanding that the corporation contribute more resources to the development of the impoverished oil region. Even though negotiations seemed to be moving, on the morning of May 28, the protesters were shot and some killed by Nigerian soldiers and Chevron security personnel who were transported to the platform on Chevron-leased helicopters.
In this clip from KTVU2News on Wednesday May 28, Bert Voorhees, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, explains the case against Chevron in front of Chevron’s headquarters at their Annual General Meeting. The meeting happened to be ten years to the day that the incident occurred on the Parabe platform in Nigeria. See other press coverage of the case in our Press Links section.
Link to Video: http://www.ktvu.com/video/16414404/index.html
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