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Justice for Justin Franchi Solondz

Published 29th November 2009 - 7 comments - 1671 views -

Justin Franchi SolondzHe loves the planet so much that he's willing to burn the bits he doesn't like.  Justin Franchi Solondz made the incendiary devices that destroyed a horticulture centre at the University of Washington in Seattle in May 2001. He's also accused of burning down buildings in Oregon that same day, and the FBI is linking him to a later arson attack in California. The combined loss of property came to more than $5 million.

But that's the kind of thing you do if you're an eco-terrorist, er, "warrior", and if you're a member of the "Family", a violent green group linked to the Earth Liberation Front.  

Wanted for three years by the FBI, Justin Franchi Solondz was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. In China. On charges of manufacturing drugs.

During his trial, Solondz pleaded guilty and, this might come as a surprise to our leftist friends, asked to be deported to the United States. Which, depending on your theology, is the "Great Satan" or the "Great Emitter". Thought: Maybe those Chinese jails are even worse than their reputation. Anyway, when Solondz gets home, he's expected to stand trial on charges of arson and conspiracy. Domestic terrorism might be added to the bill as well. True to form, Solondz was arrested at protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 2001. And he appeared in a film by his former girlfriend, Briana Waters, that documented their campaign to protect old-growth forests from lumber companies. Where is Ms. Waters today? Why, she's serving six years in prison for her role in the 2001 horticulture centre attack. Small planet. 

Category: Climate Politics, | Tags: eco-terror, fbi, china, usa, earth liberation front,


Lara on 29th November 2009:

Eamonn, I thought I’d heard it all, wow, what a character! I’ve never come across the ELF -that should make for some light sunday afternoon reading….

Benno Hansen on 29th November 2009:

Got a few more stories for you grin

Aija Vanaga on 30th November 2009:

eco-terrorist .. this sounds rediculous ..

Eamonn Fitzgerald on 30th November 2009:

Aija, if you have the time, check out the story of Theodore Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber. His campaign in the name of the environment lasted from 1978 to 1995, killed three people and injured 23. In March last year, luxury homes in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville were burned to the ground. A banner was left at the scene claimed the housing development was not green, and was signed ELF (Earth Liberation Front). If not eco-terrorism, what would you call this kind of thing?

Aija Vanaga on 30th November 2009:

Terrorism .. for me it has nothing to do with eco.. thats like just a reason ..

Adela on 30th November 2009:

Either we like it or not, radical actions do exist on all fronts.

McDonalds, Exxon, General Electric have also been accused with eco terrorism by environmentalists.

Aija Vanaga on 30th November 2009:

probably there is a reason for that too .. it depends.. but I do not say it is a good thing!

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