4 - 15 April 1996

Each week McSpotlight will bring you the latest news on worldwide protests and campaigning events against McDonald's and other multinationals.

McDonald's try to 'Rape' Bermuda

March 1996
As the McDonald's corporation attempts to gain a foothold on Bermuda, opposition to its plans has brought together political party leaders, the pro-government paper and members of the government, as well an 83 year old activist and other island campaigners.

Amid accusations of nepotism and a slender three-seat majority for the ruling UBP, political feelings are running high on the island.

Port Washington (USA) residents don't relish site chosen by McDonald's

March 1996
In what has been seen as a callous move that overrides the local community's wishes, McDonald's is trying to open a store which, according to their own study, would nearly double the level of traffic on the area's main arteries.

Opposition campaigners also cite the fact that the proposed site has been found to contain minute levels of trichloroethane, a solvent known to affect the central nervous system. McDonald's is still pushing for the application to be accepted.

The Price of Peace

February 1996, Croatia
Smelling profits in the newly-peaceful Balkans, McDonald's has been moving in to the former war zones.

The first store in Croatia was opened on 2 February, and three more are planned to open in the next few months.

Campaigners have already been active, however. Leaflets were handed out on Croatian streets in January, and activitists have reported a favourable reaction from people.

Croatians are being asked to sign a petition to free Helen Steel and Dave Morris, the McLibel Two, of all charges. The petition also asks McDonald's not to open any stores in Croatia. Over 3000 signatures were collected in one week.

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