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Protesters disrupt Bayer shareholders meeting

02.05.2002
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Protesters disrupt Bayer shareholders meeting
COLOGNE - Protesters disrupted the annual shareholders meeting of Bayer AG last week, blasting the company\'s the genetically modified crop technology.
One protester climbed up a ladder next to a large screen television during a presentation shouting \"Down with Bayer\" as security rushed to stop him. \"I\'d very much like to come up there and help you,\" supervisory board Chairman Hermann Strenger said to security staff as they took the man from the ladder, drawing applause. \"I don\'t know why such things are allowed at a shareholders meeting.\" Another demonstrator charged the podium and interrupted Strenger\'s speech, shouting protests about the company\'s technology before being taken away by security. Bayer has boosted its biotechnology prowess through its 7.25-billion-euro ($6.51 billion) acquisition approved last week of Franco-German Aventis SA\'s Aventis CropScience. REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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