Hundreds of Protests in 36 Countries Demand Release of Arctic 30

Today, as a Arctic 30 face their 30th day of seizure in Russia, scarcely 10,000 people are holding to a streets during some-more than 100 events in 36 countries to call for their evident release, according to a Greenpeace press release

Last night, a drift of a Greenpeace bureau in Murmansk, Russia, were damaged into. CCTV footage, released currently by Greenpeace International, shows 6 group in balaclavas scaling a blockade and entering a grounds. A ridicule cage—which was to be used to prominence a misapplication of a Arctic 30′s seizure during a oneness criticism in a city—was stolen.


As tellurian oneness activities kicked off, bail hearings began for 4 some-more activists: Faiza Oulahsen of a Netherlands, Anne Mie Roer Jensen of Denmark, Alexandre Paul of Canada and Alexandra Harris of a UK. Bail requests for both Paul and Harris were denied; a other cases are ongoing.

“Alex is a caring, supportive person, who cares for a environmental destiny of a planet,” Harris’ mom pronounced today. “She was on house a Arctic Sunrise as partial of a pacific protest, in general waters, in a radio room doing her pursuit and we wish and urge that a Russian authorities will let a daughter come home to us soon.”

In September, 28 activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer, were charged with robbery by a Russian authorities following a peaceful criticism opposite Arctic oil drilling at a Gazprom oil height in a Pechora Sea. Gazprom skeleton to start prolongation in a initial entertain of 2014, in an area that contains 3 inlet pot stable by Russian law. If convicted of a charges of piracy, a offense carries a limit 15 year jail term. The Arctic 30 could be incarcerated until Nov. 24 while  authorities investigate the allegations opposite them.

This morning, according to Greenpeace, a non-executive Chairman of Shell told media in Finland that a Finnish romantic incarcerated in Russia, Sini Saarela, should be released. This is poignant given Shell has a tighten business attribute with Gazprom in a Russian Arctic, “This summary should be entrance from Shell’s CEO Peter Voser,” pronounced Jim Footner of Greenpeace. ”He should mangle his company’s ties with Gazprom and do all he can to safeguard a Arctic 30 are freed.”

Global protests currently include: 

  • A criticism during a bottom of Mount Everest with activists from Greenpeace East Asia. 
  • In Mexico City, protesters are visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s relic and will build a jail dungeon around it.
  • In a Netherlands, people are manufacture a hulk enclosure in a centre of Groningen, a hometown of one incarcerated romantic and a sister city of Murmansk, Russia.
  • In Bangkok, people are entertainment in Wat Phra Kaeo, one of a many iconic temples of Thailand, where volunteers made a difference Free a Arctic 30 regulating flower bouquets. 
  • In Bangalore, people are entertainment in Freedom Park, where a jail once stood.
  • In Germany, a 30-hour burial is holding place with some-more than 100 people, on tip of a ongoing oneness burial in front of a Russian embassy in Berlin that started on Sept. 19.
  • A 24-hour sit-in burial is function in a executive block of Naples, Italy, a home city of one of a Arctic 30 detainees.


Yesterday, eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates have created a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin charity their support to a Arctic 30. They write in their letter: 

Arctic oil drilling is a dangerous, high-risk enterprise. An oil brief underneath these icy waters would have a inauspicious impact on one of a many pristine, singular and pleasing landscapes on Earth. The impact of a brief on communities vital in a Arctic, and on already exposed animal species, would be harmful and prolonged lasting. The risks of such an collision are ever present, and a oil industry’s response skeleton sojourn unconditionally inadequate. Equally critical is a grant of Arctic oil drilling to meridian change. Climate change in a Arctic and elsewhere threatens all of us, though it is a world’s many exposed who are profitable a cost for grown countries’ disaster to act.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureates who sent a minute are:

  • South African Bishop Desmond Tutu
  • Northern Irish assent supporter Betty Williams
  • Former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez
  • U.S. assent supporter Jody Williams
  • Liberian assent supporter Leymah Gbowee
  • Yemeni assent supporter Tawakkol Karman
  • Guatemalan amicable reformist Rigoberta Menchu Tum
  • Northern Irish assent romantic Mairead Maguire
  • Iranian counsel and former decider Shirin Ebadi
  • Former President of East Timor Jose Ramos Horta
  • Argentine village organizer Adolpho Perez Esquivel

In a minute to a journalist, published currently in a Dutch journal Volkskrant, Oulahsen writes of being hold “in a unwashed cell, alone, removed from a rest,” usually means to “catch a glance of other Russian prisoners in a corridor.”

“Once in a while a rodent crawls opposite a floor,” she said. “I’ve mislaid weight and am not sleeping too well, though we am still holding my conduct high.”

She complains of carrying been denied a right to call home and not receiving many of a books and letters people are promulgation her. “I crave letters from my family, friends and colleagues,” Oulahsen continued. She also says a prominence of her day is a practice hour, when she “walks around in a dim petrify space of about 5 by 5 meters, where you’re propitious if we can see a sky by a cracks in a decaying and leaky roof.”

“It is now 30 days given a boat was seized and a 30 friends and colleagues were detained,” Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said. “They now face a assign of piracy—an absurd assign that carries a limit 15 year jail sentence.”

“The Arctic 30 were station adult for all of us, fortifying a frail sourroundings and a meridian in predicament and now we contingency mount with them. Their apprehension is an conflict opposite each singular chairman who has ever been pacific to lift their voice to direct a improved destiny for themselves and their children. Now these 30 people are prisoners of demur and we are all obliged for their fate.”

“Greenpeace does not consider it is above a law, though those 30 dauntless group and women are not pirates and this assign is a transparent try to deter pacific protest,” Naidoo continued. “We are here currently to uncover a oneness with a Arctic 30 and urge a right to pacific protest. We call for their evident release.”