Today at 5am at McDonald's HQ in East Finchley, just after dawn, we buried a
sealed container containing the 'McLibel: 2 World's Collide' documentary.
Using our combined skills, Helen, currently employed as a gardener, wielded
the spade and dug the hole, whilst Dave, a former postman, delivered the
time capsule package into the said hole. A free lance press photographer
witnessed the historic ceremony [photos available].
We decided that the documentary, made for broadcast but so far suppressed by TV network lawyers*, should be buried for posterity so that future generations may have the opportunity to see for themselves the story of what happened during the longest case in english legal history, in which the fast food giant really dug themselves into a hole. The McLibel trial ended on June 19th 1997, and was described by Michael Mansfield QC as 'the trial of the century'. Also included in the container was a copy of the book: 'McLibel: Burger Culture On Trial' by John Vidal, a CD-Rom of the 'McSpotlight' website and a copy of the now globally-distributed leaflet - 'What's Wrong With McDonald's?'. We added a message hoping for 'a future without multinational corporations'.
Taking place around the country today and tomorrow are over 50 public screenings of the film, some of them followed by burials in time capsules at appropriate local sites. There are also many additional protests outside McDonald's stores in the UK and around the world.**
* A double page feature about the making of the documentary, written by the director, appears in today's Guardian.
** See the June 18th Press Release from the McLibel Support Campaign for the full details and background to the Anniversary events and the trial.
McLibel Trial: McLibel Support Campaign. 0171 713 1269. firstname.lastname@example.org
McLibel documentary: One Off Productions. 0171 247 8881. email@example.com www.spanner.org/mclibel
McSpotlight website: www.mcspotlight.org firstname.lastname@example.org