CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Nine activists appeared before a Hamilton County judge Wednesday morning following a protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters Tuesday afternoon.
The individuals from the global environmental organization Greenpeace were all charged with felony counts of burglary and vandalism after managing to hang 60-foot banners from the P&G towers downtown. The activists broke locks and windows, according to police.
Six men and three women were arrested following the stunt. Municipal Court Judge Brad Greenberg set a $50,000 cash bond for each person.
The protesters were identified as:
- Jesse Coleman, 28, Washington D.C.
- Mike Herbert, 30, Chicago
- Marcella Larges, 28, Baltimore
- Charles Long, 34, Oakland, Calif.
- Sean O'Brien, 22, Oakland, Calif.
- Denise Rodriguez, 20, Corona, N.Y.
- Tyler Sanville, 28, Santa Cruz, Calif.
- Nima Shahidi, 29, Fallston, Md.
- Tyler Wilkerson, 26, San Diego, Calif.
According to a Greenpease spokesperson, the banners were in protest to P&G's link to tropical deforestation. They claim P&G is buying palm oil linked to rainforest destruction to make Head & Shoulders and Oil of Olay products.
A P&G spokesperson said in a statement released Tuesday that the company has "already pledged to reach 100 percent sustainable sourcing of palm oil by 2015 and we will continue to drive to that goal with urgency."
The cases will go to a grand jury on March 14.