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Ohio lawyer says activists' rights violated

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for Greenpeace activists charged after an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati contends that they are being targeted for their political message.

Nine activists were arrested at P&G on March 4 on burglary and vandalism charges after protesting the consumer products company's use of palm oil from a supplier Greenpeace says is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia. Activists slipped past company security and used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from P&G's two towers as a helicopter filmed them.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports that veteran free-speech attorney Lou Sirkin filed a motion Friday saying the burglary charges should be dismissed because of the activists' free speech rights.

The next hearing in the case was set for July 2.

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