Local Stop5G Protest Victories in Slovenia, France, Holland & Italian Courts

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Environmental lawyer Sue Grey (left) discussing the advent of 5G technology with Kaitaia businesswoman Michele Mitcalfe and Karyn Nikora-Kerr before last week's public meeting. Picture / Peter Jackson
Environmental lawyer Sue Grey (left) discussing the advent of 5G technology with Kaitaia businesswoman Michele Mitcalfe and Karyn Nikora-Kerr before last week’s public meeting.

Northland Age By: Peter Jackson

Environmental lawyer Sue Grey has spoken to audiences from one end of the country to the other about the introduction of 5G technology, and how it might be stopped.

Last week she added Kaitaia to her list of venues, and she gave her audience there the same message that she had imparted everywhere else — that if they speak loudly, and long enough, they have the power to prevail.

It would not be easy, she said, but New Zealand had a record of public sentiment ultimately shaping government policies, such as the nuclear-free movement of the 1980s, and in more and recent times the acceptance of medicinal cannabis.

“People power has worked before and it can work again,” she said. Advertisement

“We need to reach critical mass, and opposition to 5G is building.”

Slovenia had successfully defeated its introduction there, and so, she believed, could New Zealand.

The new technology is opposed by communities around the world for its perceived threat to all forms of life, from human to plants, Ms Grey saying the issue boiled down to telcos releasing radiation into communities, often in very close proximity to people, with no consultation.

“There is huge public interest in this issue,” she said.

“I’ve spoken from Kaitaia to Alexandra, from New Plymouth to Gisborne and all sorts of places in between, and the invitation list is still growing. I’ve told every one of those audiences to sign petitions, write to their local MPs, present to their local councils.”

Health and safety concerns were fundamentally a local authority responsibility, she said, although the government had told local government to “butt out” of the 5G discussion.

Nelson, which she described as having a very active 5G community, had forced its council to engage, however, and other communities could do the same.

It was ridiculous, she added, that a cafe that wanted to put tables and chairs on a footpath had to get a licence from the local council, but 5G towers could be erected without one.

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It was also ominous that the Minister of Health and the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor had been “too busy” to meet a world authority on the subject of 5G technology.

“It will be an election issue this year though. That’s what happened in Slovenia,” she said.

“If enough people stand up and say they’ve had enough, politicians will listen.

“We need the benefits 5G is supposed to offer,” she added, “but I don’t believe it will deliver those benefits. We need to be mindful of technology’s benefits and risks, and then make an informed decision.

“That’s what this opposition is about really. We’re being told what’s going to happen whether we like it or not, without consultation, and more and more people are saying that they are not prepared to accept that.”

Within Safety Guidelines” excuse.

Mobile technologies such as 3G, 4G and 5G operate well within the safety limits set out by international guidelines, which incorporate substantial safety margins to deliver protection for everyone against health risks according to Vodafone’s senior communications lead Nicky Preston.
“The health and safety of our customers and New Zealanders is incredibly important to us, and we continue to monitor the decades of research that has been conducted on this topic,” Ms Preston said, responding to ‘Loud people power to stall 5g’ (Northland Age February 11).

Official New Zealand government websites have recently released information to respond to concerns around 5G, to reassure the public it is safe.
One online fact sheet produced by the Ministry of Health stated 5G would “most likely” result in lower exposures than if existing technologies were used.
“Measurements at laboratory and operational 5G sites in Australia have shown that exposures to 5G signals are similar to, or lower than, those from existing cellsites, and small fractions of the public limit in the standard,” she added.
“These measurements were made with the 5G site loaded by downloading high-resolution video or carrying out a speed test.”



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Legitimate Concerns about 5G, says minister!

Ljubljana – Public Administration Minister Rudi Medved rushed to reassure the public on Friday that concerns about 5G technology were given due attention. But while he deems the concerns legitimate, he also said that Slovenia needed 5G.

Speaking to reporters after a protest against the introduction of the 5th generation wireless technology, Medved said the ministry was planning a debate this month to discuss its impact.

The ministry expects broad attendance and “a clash of all opinions”.

“I’m aware we won’t find a conclusive answer, as there hasn’t been one globally. 5G technology hasn’t been established in practice to an extent that studies could produce results based on which we could say conclusively that 5G is completely harmless.”

However, the minister said that 5G was definitely a technology of the future and that it would be unacceptable for Slovenia to remain an “isolated island” without the technology.

Medved criticised the management of the Agency for Communication Networks and Services (AKOS), which the agency’s council has found has not given sufficient attention to G5’s potential impact on health.

The agency has drawn up a strategy for distribution of G5 spectrum frequencies, which has been removed from the government agenda.

Medved said the agency had been working on the strategy longer than expected. “At the last moment there was so much criticism of the document, we removed it from the agenda to allow for further reflection.”

The minister also berated those who failed to contribute remarks in the public consultation, “while now ideas are popping up about interdepartmental task forces which are supposed to enter recommendations or restrictions into the strategy”.

The criticism was in response to AKOS proposing a task force that would include representatives of the ministries of health, environment and public administration at least.

Luka Dekleva, the head of the AKOS council, said the council proposed measures relevant to the impact of 5G on health last summer, but the management followed the proposals “only partly”.

As a result, the strategy does not take health aspects of 5G into consideration enough. “We believe the agency’s leadership should assume a more proactive role to clear up health aspects as much as possible.”

AKOS reacted in a press release saying that the ministry had not raised any issues about health concerns, adding that the agency had asked for guidelines as soon as it was tasked with drafting the 5G strategy in mid-2017.

The agency said it took into account strategic documents of Slovenia and the EU. It sent the first version of the strategy to the ministry in May 2018; in March 2019 it received new guidelines from the ministry.

None of the documents the agency received from the ministry mentioned any health concerns and neither did any of the responses AKOS received during the three public consultations carried out since the agency first started drafting the strategy.

Moreover, the agency does not employ experts in the field and asking it to assess health risks of 5G would be forcing it to overstep its legal powers.

AKOS also said that the minister had not met AKOS director Tanja Muha despite the agency’s requests for a meeting. This, according to AKOS, is hampering cooperation between the ministry and the agency.

The EU-wide deadline to allow effective use of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband under harmonised technical conditions is 30 June 2020.

“However, member states cannot implement that throughout their entire territory unless neighbouring countries do that as well,” Public Administration Ministry State Secretary Leon Behin said.

In Slovenia, the 700 Mhz band “is more or less cleared”, while Croatia, Italy and Hungary have indicated they will not be able to secure the frequencies by the deadline.

Therefore, the Infrastructure Ministry will notify the European Commission that Slovenia is unlikely to be able to secure the use of the frequencies by 30 June.

The operators acquiring the frequencies will not necessarily establish 5G technology. “The technology registered in the application granted the frequency may be 4G or some other technology,” said Behin.


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2020-01-29 Slovenia bans 5G, for now, due to health!

1) In the UK, farmers are being warned about telecoms shifting liability from cell towers to those with whom them contract. The “exclusion zones” being recommended are useless for protecting people living in the area — it sounds as if the zone is needed to have the exposure levels to be within the ICNIRP/UK guidelines and nothing more. Those with contracts coming up for renewal, or negotiating new ones, here in Canada should be told about the major insurers refusing to provide any coverage against health claims related to EMR exposure. As I understand it, ISED indemnifies any telecom from liability so long as their antennae emissions are under SC 6 limits. This leaves the property owner to hold the bag when someone sues — and where will they be able to buy protection? Renewal is the time to re-think this risk.

I am not sure about the statement that the 5G signals will travel farther than 4G. There are a lot of variables.


How to manage radiation exclusion zones for phone masts

“Farmers with telecoms masts on their land must fully understand radiation exclusion zones to safeguard people’s health and protect against potential liability claims.
Significant levels of exposure to the radio waves emitted by base stations on telecoms masts can affect people’s health, so each mast must have an exclusion zone, according to Jeremy Moody, Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) secretary and adviser….

Historically, operators often accepted all liabilities as part of a mast agreement and paid a market rent. But now they are seeking agreements at much lower rents and to reduce their financial exposure by coming forward with terms where they try to cap their liabilities at £5m.

This means the site owner would be forced to pick up any excess liability if something should ever happen to a member of the public, staff or neighbour that could be linked to the mast.”

2) One of our members decided to send a letter to PM Trudeau a novel way –– and maybe it will get a response. Worth trying with other politicians, too.

Office of the PM Fax (613-941-6900)

3) We know that for many years our pollinators have been suffering mightily from the pollution of our envirionment with so many toxins, not the least of which is EMR. Arthur Firstenberg is sharing the sad experience of a woman in Australia watching the bees die before her eyes after 5G transmitters were installed.

Please share this article with your friends in environmental groups. We need to work together to stop this monstrosity — and it will get worse as more transmitters are installed and more satellites are flying in the sky.


“The honey bee in the banner at the top of this newsletter has been speaking to us for over one hundred and fourteen years. Its numbers ever diminishing, its message ever more urgent, it waits for a sleeping world to finally listen. “Now!” it says. “Wake up before it’s too late, there is no more time!” On the Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of England, Giuglielmo Marconi built the world’s first permanent radio station. And the bees’ first warning to humanity was heard. “They are often to be seen crawling up grass stems, or up the supports of the hive, where they remain until they fall back to the earth from sheer weakness, and soon afterwards die,” wrote Augustus Imms of Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1906. Ninety percent of the bees had already vanished from the entire island. Unable to find a cause, he called it, simply, Isle of Wight disease. Swarms of healthy bees were imported from the mainland, but it was of no use: within a week the fresh bees were dying off by the thousands.”

4) Also in Arthur’s newsletter, he reports on another moratorium on 5G — this is for an entire country.


” Last Friday, while people in 250 cities were preparing for the first Global Day of Protest against 5G, Slovenia became the first country in the world to refuse 5G, at least temporarily, because of objections from scientists and the public….”

Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters




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