26 May 2010
Five activists were arrested at the Chevron annual shareholders' meeting in Houston, Texas. Activists and people from affected communities from across the US and countries such as Ecuador, Angola, Kazakhstan and Canada had traveled to Texas to make their voices heard. Despite the fact that they arrived holding valid proxy passes to attend the meeting, nearly the entire delegation was denied entry.
Four activists from the delegation were arrested for sitting in at the entrance to Chevron's headquarters where they were protesting their exclusion from the meeting. Another activist who was able to attend the meeting was arrested when she was trying to make a statement, despite this being permitted of shareholders. Nearly all of the affected community members who had traveled great distances to state their cases to the Chevron board and shareholders were prohibited from attending.
All five activists have now been released from custody.