Friday, May 30, 2008

Chevron Foe Keep Giving Company Headaches

By Chris Thompson
Fri, May 30, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Faithful readers may recall that on Wednesday, a horde of human rights activists took turns berating Chevron execs at the company's annual shareholder meeting. Ecuador, Burma, take your pick. The one man who really got to CEO David O'Reilly was Larry Bowoto, a Nigerian man who was shot by police during a protest on a Chevron platform just off the coast of Nigeria. When Bowoto accused Chevron of hiring the cops who shot him, O'Reilly flipped out and called it an outrageous slur. Well, now Bowoto's hit back again courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, which gave him a slot on its op-ed pages to tell his story. Bowoto, who has sued Chevron in federal court, wrote, "Rather than take any responsibility for the May 28, 1998, attack, Chevron has engaged in a decade-long campaign against our lawsuit. I believe the evidence will show that Chevron has attempted to hide behind its byzantine structure of interlocking corporations to avoid legal liability."

"Ten years of misleading Americans about its record in Nigeria is too long," Bowoto added. "It's time for Chevron to come clean with the public about its operations in Nigeria and to take responsibility for violence done in its name." Jeez, this guy just won't go away!


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