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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tents now serve as Himpunan Hijau HQ



Himpunan Hijau has set up tents near its base camp site in Balok, Pahang which was sealed off by the authorities yesterday.

"They may have sealed off the containers but we are in the process of constructing two 20 by 20 feet tents at the adjacent land.

"Whatever happens, we will use this site for our event tomorrow," said the movement's base camp commander Rafar Ahmad.

anti-lynas base camp 231212The base camp (left), initially consisting of two 10 feet by 20 feet containers which serves as a command centre to coordinate attempts to block shipments in and out of the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp).

It was sealed off by the Kuantan Lands and Mines Department after a two-day warning to dismantle the structures expired. The containers sit on a privately owned land.
Prepared for the worst

Rafar said the newly set up tents may face similar problems with the authorities but the movement was prepared for any possibility.

"We will wait and see what they will do. We will respond accordingly," he said, but declined to provide details.

Himpunan Hijau will kick off its 300km drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan tomorrow that would culminate in a ceramah on Lynas' rare earth processing plant doorstep.

The green convoy is part of a series of campaign against Lynas' rare earth operations in Malaysia coinciding with New Year's Eve.

Activists are concerned that the waste produced by the factory may contain radioactive residue which would have adverse effects on the local community.

Lynas, however, has insisted that the plant is safe and the radiation levels of its waste is low.

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