~~June 9, 2014~~
BREAKING NEWS: the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is FREE!
Our ship should never have been detained in the first place. But, along with her crew, the ship was illegally seized at gunpoint by Russian authorities in international waters last September 2013.
Since that day, with the help of millions of people around, we have become stronger and more determined to protect the Arctic from drilling than ever before.
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Russia’s investigative committee (IC) this morning informed Greenpeace International that it has annulled the arrest of the ship Arctic Sunrise, which has remained in custody in Murmansk since a high profile protest against Arctic oil drilling last September.
Greenpeace reacted positively to the news but reaffirmed its belief that the arrest of the ship was illegal under international law.
Reacting to the news, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said:
“Millions of people spoke out against the illegal imprisonment of the Arctic 30, and today the final member of the group is free to come home. Our ship was arrested during an entirely peaceful protest against Arctic drilling in international waters. There was absolutely no justification either for boarding the ship or keeping her for eight months.
“This whole affair was a brazen attempt to intimidate those who believe that drilling for oil in the melting Arctic is reckless and unsafe. After months without proper maintenance our ship will need careful repairs, but like our campaign to protect the Arctic she will emerge better, fitter and stronger from this.”
The investigative committee recently extended its investigation into the protest at the Prirazlomnaya platform by two months, until July 24th. However, lawyers acting for Greenpeace International were informed of the ship’s release unexpectedly during a meeting in the port city of Murmansk this morning, June 6. The ship should now be able to leave Russia in the coming days.
Greenpeace lawyers were also informed that the investigation will continue in order to examine equipment found on the ship.
~~THIS GIVES ME THE CHILLS~~
~Arctic Sunrise seized by Russian security agents~
~Published on Nov 8, 2013~
Previously unseen footage shows the moment the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was boarded and seized by Russian security agents in international waters on September 19, 2013.
The footage shows Greenpeace International activists and crew responding peacefully with arms raised and how the ship was subsequently towed to the port of Murmansk.
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