'Mutant rat' arrested at anti-Monsanto rally
Published time: January 29, 2014
Protesters descended upon of St. Louis Tuesday, as agricultural company Monsanto held its annual shareholders' meeting. Police arrested a handful of protesters blocking the entrance to the meeting, including a man dressed as a huge rat who was dancing atop a Monsanto sign. They also towed away five cars.
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At least 11 protesters were arrested outside of Monsanto’s headquarters on Tuesday as they rallied in favor of shareholder resolutions that would require the company to alter its approach to genetically-modified organisms.
More than two-dozen protesters, one of which was a Monsanto shareholder himself, endured cold temperatures in Creve Coeur, Missouri as they pushed the biotech company to work with the federal government towards efforts to label food featuring genetically-modified organisms (GMO).
Another resolution, meanwhile, would have required Monsanto to provide a contamination report on non-GMO crops.
Both measures failed with less than 10 percent support after Monsanto’s board recommended shooting down the proposals.
When the results came in, the atmosphere surrounding the rally became much more aggressive, with protesters using five cars to block the entrance to Monsanto’s building. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some locked and chained themselves to cars, while police spent about an hour clearing the area and making arrests.
At least 10 individuals were arrested on misdemeanor charges. Local police chief Glenn Eidmann told the Post-Dispatch that no injuries were reported, nor was any property damaged. [...]
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