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Greenpeace trolling the Belgian Grand Prix

Banners placed secretly to steal the show in Spa

30/08/2013 10:24 | Comments: 

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Will polar bears say thank you for this?

Not many have seen this video released a few days ago. What happened could not even be seen during the live TV coverage. The action of Greenpeace is not only interesting because of their message or the fact that they used one of Shell’s most important PR events to shame the company for being a global evil, killer of innocent polar bears. The funny thing is that the activists used electric telescope antennas used in cars to erect the banners, activated by remote controls. They had smuggled the banners to the podium days before. The not so funny thing is that there could just as well have been other devices hidden on the podium, to be activated by other extremists’ remote control. And seeing those devices being activated would give another meaning to the headlines “Activists bombed the F1 ceremony”. It is clear that there is an urgent need for improving security on such events.

Hearing the F1 fans booing as the banners go up makes us wonder whether it was really an effective action or just pure trolling.

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