Amsterdam District Court has rejected a bid by Royal Dutch Shell to ban Greenpeace International from holding protests on or near its property.
“Future Greenpeace actions against Shell cannot be banned in advance provided that they remain in a certain framework,” the court ruling said in response to Shell’s suit. “The judge took as starting point that organisations, such as Greenpeace, are in principle free to carry out actions to let the public know about their point of view,” it added.
The court did, however, hand Greenpeace a set of protest guidelines, including the requirement that the group will not be able to occupy gas stations for more than an hour at a time.
Shell had sought a ban on any Greenpeace protests in the Netherlands within 500 metres (yards) of its operations, including petrol stations or offices, after the group organised several protests against the oil company’s drilling in the Arctic.