Demonstration in Curacao along schools against emissions Isla refinery
WILLEMSTAD - Demonstrators gathered yesterday morning, at seven o'clock at the Mgr. Ellis School in Santa Helena, on the corner of Friar Richardusweg and Soeur Gerardaweg. They went along different schools to demonstrate against the polluting emissions of the Isla refinery.
People were encouraged to walk along in white overalls and face masks. It is not the action group Stop Isla Now! which organized the demonstration, but the founders of this group participated to support the action.
Eugene Angelica is one of the organizers the demonstration. Angelica is a former employee of Curaçao Refinery Utilities (CRU / BOO-plant) and appealed against his dismissal. The court is expected to rule on his case on February 9. According to Angelica, he was fired because he had asked tough questions about how CRU handles the storage of hazardous waste and his dismissal is based on false grounds. CRU’s attorneys say that Angelica has unlawfully and repeatedly leaked sensitive company information to the press. Angelica was fired on September 30 of last year after two days earlier a devastating article about the CRU and the Curaçao Refinery (RdK) appeared in one of the morning newspapers.
Now Angelica is part of the parade, in which the protesters want special attention to the children who go to school under the smoke.