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Free the Arctic 30

Oct 2

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02/10/2013 07:47  RssIcon

30 Greenpeace activists detained in Russian jail

Greenpeace are organising multiple actions to help secure the release of 30 of its activists that are currently being held by Russian authorities.

On September 18th, activists aboard Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship attempted to climb onto Gazprom's oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya, to protest against imminent drilling for oil in the Arctic. The Prirazlomnaya is the first oil rig to start oil production in the waters of the Arctic.

All 30 of the men and women who were on board the ship are now being detained in Russian jails, many without charge. They are being held as Russian authorities pursue an investigation around piracy charges.

A spokes person for Greenpeace said "They were there to peacefully protest against the Arctic oil rush, which threatens to harm the Arctic environment, as well as extracting more oil that humanity cannot afford to burn."

Using a helicopter and ropes, armed Coast Guards illegally boarded the ship and held those on board under armed guard whilst they towed the ship to shore.

Greenpeace are now calling on people to send a protest email to the Russian Ambassador in London from the Greenpeace website.

On October 5 there will be events held worldwide to call for the release of the Arctic 30. Sign up to get details about the solidarity actions.




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