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Protest or Piracy? Greenpeace Activists Remain Jailed in Russia After Boarding Arctic Oil Rig


Environment  (tags: activsim, Greenpeace, Russian activists imprisoned, environment, ecosystems, humans, protection, politics )

Cal
- 334 days ago - alternet.org
Thirty Greenpeace activists remain jailed in Russia facing possible piracy charges after they attempted to board Russia's first Arctic offshore oil rig.



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John S. (300)
Friday September 27, 2013, 3:42 am
Did they expect a party?
 

Darlene B. (290)
Friday September 27, 2013, 4:55 am
Noted and thank you Cal for the article. People need to learn to work together and do what is best for Mother Earth for our survival. Bless all who love Mother Earth.
 

Carol D. (109)
Friday September 27, 2013, 11:14 am
Think the Russians are annoyed as the world knows what they are doing now and that they will be the first to start to ruin the Arctic with drilling If you become an activist then you will get this sort of treatment from people who want to keep secrets but good on someone that has courage to speak out for our earth and our childrens future because no one else seems to care enough
 

Shanti S. (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 12:59 pm
Thank you.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Friday September 27, 2013, 1:47 pm
well we all know that Russia is Under the rule of a dictator, whatever they say about their pseudo democracy..
 

Barbara D. (95)
Friday September 27, 2013, 1:59 pm
While I often sympathize with the cause, some organizations (who shall remain nameless) use tactics that I don't feel accomplish their goal and often cause the general public to view them as kooks.
They also get themselves in big trouble. Usually the headlines are about the hoohah and not the problem.
 

Mari 's (1365)
Friday September 27, 2013, 5:31 pm
They are Heroes trying to halt climate change! No more Fossil fuels! No More Oil!
 

John Wesen (0)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:00 pm
I applaud them, and pray they come home safely.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:02 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. I support the Greenpeace protesters, too. I consider them very brave and doing the work that I'm unable to do. A truly wonderful group.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:52 pm
we do have to get off poison energy....thanks for these protesters efforts......however, I think all the comments here are directly on target
 

Nimue P. (231)
Friday September 27, 2013, 7:10 pm
Good luck to them.
 

Mari 's (1365)
Friday September 27, 2013, 8:29 pm
Pirates come with weapons. Pirates go in with the intent to steal. I was going to live on a boat until I found out Pirates existed just as they do in Peter Pan.

Who is Gazprom and what are they doing in the Arctic? This is a reminder of all the reasons why the activists of the Arctic Sunrise were peacefully protesting Gazprom's reckless plan to drill for oil in the fragile Arctic: http://act.gp/19wqax2

Add your voice to the 420,000 demanding to #FreeTheArctic30: www.greenpeace.org/freeouractivists

A spectacular 250,000 people have emailed Russian embassies to demand they #FreeTheArctic30!

Arctic sea ice minimum 6th lowest in recorded history. Why aren't governments seizing oil rigs instead of activist ships? #FreeTheArctic30

Sep 19th The Russian Coast Guard are holding Sini and Marco without contact with anyone, without a lawyer, and without charge. All for taking a stand against Gazprom and dangerous Arctic oil drilling.

Sep 23rd URGENT: Russian authorities have been denying us contact to our activists for 71 hours on the Arctic Sunrise now. Since then, 278,000 people have written to Russian embassies around the world demanding to free them. Send a letter too: http://www.greenpeace.org/freeouractivists?gpi229

On September 18th, Greenpeace activists attempted to peacefully occupy an off-shore oil platform owned by Russian oil giant Gazprom. But when they arrived, the Russian Coast Guard fired warning shots and threatened the activists' lives.

Now, fifteen Russian Coast Guard officers have illegally boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise via helicopter and are holding more than twenty Greenpeace activists on board under armed guard.

We’re mounting an international effort to get them back safely along with the release of the Greenpeace ship. And it starts with people around the world putting pressure on the Russian government.

FREE THE ARCTIC HEROES
 

Scott haakon (4)
Friday September 27, 2013, 10:47 pm
The Russian authorities are right. These people invaded Russian territory and were arrested. Natural resources are part of Russian national security. The Russian have then admitting their guilt. Prison would be appropriate.
 

A F. (130)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 3:50 am
Gotta get off that nasty oil. It's a tricky situation, but my heart is with them.
 

Wonder Girl (0)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 5:55 am
I'm sure its a protest, and anyway even if it was a piracy in this case, Greenpeace is amazing and should not be let down by one or two people.
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:10 am
The pirates are the oilers taking over the seas - and that's not just reserved to the Russians - but the Russians are a pretty shitty lot!
 

(8)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:57 am
Pourquoi laisser en liberté ceux qui n'ont aucun respect pour la planète et mettre en prison ceux qui la défende. Sur cette Terre, rien n'a de bon sens !
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 7:41 am
Trying to climb the rig constituted the piracy charge. While I don't agree with drilling in the Arctic they did trespass and could have caused incidents to occur that could have resulted in a spill or loss of life. The oil industry has a lousy track record of doing things properly let alone cleaning up their messes. They treat the planet like a giant shit hole. Sooner or later the planet will erase them and us if we're not careful.
 
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