Colin Powell on Environment
Secretary of State (Pres. Bush Cabinet)
Several people held up banners reading: "Betrayed by governments" and "Bush: people and planet not big business". At least one person was removed from the hall by security. Mr Powell was visibly annoyed by the repeated outbursts. At one point he answered back: "I have now heard you."
Dissent filled the hall when Mr Powell criticised the government of Zimbabwe for exacerbating the food crisis in that country and pushing "millions of people to the brink of starvation". While his speech was delayed by the protesters, he soldiered on, and finally delivered his message that "the US is taking action to meet environmental challenges, including global climate change".
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