Ohio grand jury indicts 9 Greenspeace activists

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwest Ohio grand jury has indicted nine Greenpeace activists linked to an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

The nine were arrested March 4 at P&G after protesting the consumer products company’s use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction. The activists slipped past the company’s security and used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from P&G’s two towers as a helicopter filmed them. They were freed on $50,000 bonds.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says each defendant is charged with felony counts of burglary and vandalism.

Authorities were stunned by the security breach. Cincinnati’s police chief has called for a security meeting with downtown businesses.

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