London - 12 April 2001
1. Wide-shot of the Jabiluka/Friends of the Earth protesters
2. Various shots of the Jabiluka/Friends of the Earth protesters
3. Various of shareholders arriving for Rio Tinto AGM (Annual General Meeting)
4. Protester handing out leaflet to shareholder
5. Close-up of protester leaflet
6. Shareholders walking past the protesters
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jacqui Katona, Spokesperson for the Mirrar Aboriginal people
"Rio Tinto cannot lie about this development, they cannot deny that there has been no benefit to Aboriginal people as a result of Uranium mining in Kakadu and we believe that they should back off and fulfill there so called corporate responsibility that they are so busy promoting around the world"
8. Shareholder accepting leaflet from protester
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jacqui Katona, Spokesperson for the Mirrar Aboriginal people
"We will be mounting a forceful campaign which will expose not only the Human rights abuses taking place in Kakadu National Park but we join many thousands of people around the world who suffer indignities at the hands of mining companies like Rio who splash money around to cover up there horrible activities."
10. Wide-shot of the conference centre
11. Various of shareholders arriving
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Matt Phillips, Friends of the Earth spokesperson
"This is about people and its about the environment and what it is also about is big corporations putting their interests before ordinary people and the planet"
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrew Vickerman, Rio Tinto
"If the traditional owners don't want the project to go ahead, if they don't give there consent then the project won't go ahead"
14. Wide-shot of Andrew Vickerman
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrew Vickerman, Rio Tinto
"Well clearly I am not going to comment on whether we are or are not going to sell assets. When we acquired North we did a full revue of all the assets that company held. Some were considered non core but we are constantly reviewing our whole portfolio, but I am not going to comment on whether something is up for sale or not."
16. Jacqui Katona entering the building
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia - FILE
17. Various shots of the Jabiluka site, with sacred cliffs
18. Various aerial shots the Ranger Uranium mine, 20 km from Jabiluka
Environmental protestors have been demonstrating outside the Annual General Meeting of Rio Tinto, the company which plans to mine uranium from a site inside one of Australia's most prized national parks for power stations across Europe.
Friends of the Earth campaigners and aboriginal rights campaigners led the protest outside the meeting in London on Thursday.
The campaigners were there to raise concerns about plans for a gigantic uranium mine on Aboriginal land at Jabiluka in the Kakadu National Park, Australia.
Jabiluka is in the Alligator rivers region of the Northern Territory, about 30 km east of Darwin.
The mine site is surrounded by the Kakadu National Park, which is world heritage listed and is on land has been traditionally owned by the Mirrar Aboriginal people.
The Aboriginal Mirrar people regard Jabiluka as their ancestral home and a sacred site.
The Mirrar have led opposition to the development of Jabiluka, which has resulted in major protests all over Australia and over 500 arrests
They point to the damage done by the Ranger mine, which they say has left 20 million tonnes of tailings (a radioactive mining by product) in spoil heaps around its operations.
Rio Tinto inherited the Jabiluka development following their takeover of Australian mining company North Limited last year.
Likely buyers would include French nuclear utility Cogema.
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