Bayer's court case against beekeepers

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Bayer is trying to take away our right to protest against its bee-killing pesticides.

Activists are fighting back in court -- but they’re running out of funds to pay the lawyers, so they've asked for your help, A.

Can I add your name to those standing up to stop Bayer's attack on democracy?

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Christian and the team at SumOfUs

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Bayer is hellbent on shutting down peaceful protests of beekeepers.

So a group of activists is taking Bayer to court.

Will you chip in CA$90 to stop Bayer's attack on our democracy?

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A group of brave activists has been fighting Bayer in court to defend our right to protest, but they're running out of money fast.

And the stakes couldn’t be higher: if Bayer wins, it could shut down protests and call the police any time that peaceful beekeepers want to protest against its toxic pesticides. Other corporations could follow suit. It's a nightmare for free speech.

But the battle is not over -- with your help, Bayer could still lose.

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Bayer tried everything it could to shut down peaceful protests at its annual stockholder meeting in 2017. Back then, it had just announced its plan to merge with Monsanto -- and protests that year were going to be bigger than ever.

But Bayer was having none of it. Bayer's bosses contacted law enforcement and after feeding them lies about how dangerous they expected the protest to be -- they even falsely claimed that beekeepers posed a terror threat -- the police came in to try and shut the whole thing down. Only a last-minute legal injunction stopped Bayer from getting its way. And beekeepers and others have been fighting this legal battle ever since.

It's important they win, because protests at shareholder meetings can make a real difference: only last year our protests led to shareholders not ratifying the Bayer board -- a historic slap in the face for Bayer's bosses.

If these activists don’t prevail, it will mean that any company in Germany will be able to use the power of the police and courts to ban protests. A, we can't let that happen.

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Our right to protest peacefully is on the line, but we know with SumOfUs members like you involved, we can win this. Why? Because time and time again when you've been called on to stand up to corporate bullies like Bayer, you make your voice heard loud and clear.

Just last year, nearly 400,000 of you came together to win an EU-wide ban on thiacloprid, another one of Bayer's toxic pesticides. Let's show Bayer we won't lie down and let our free speech rights be trampled on.

Lawsuits like these are expensive and drag on for years. If we raise more than these activists need, it will go towards powering our campaigning against Bayer and its bee-killing pesticides.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Christian and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

On Behalf of Bayer (in German language) CBG. 11 November 2020. Pesticide manufacturers' own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees The Guardian. 22 September 2016.

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