On the morning of September 18, 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested as they protested Arctic oil drilling on the Gazprom platform, Prirazlomnaya, in the Pechora Sea off the Russian coast.
They were held overnight without charges or legal representation aboard a Russian Coast Guard vessel.
The following day, September 19, the Russian Coast Guard then illegally boarded the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise while in international waters and is now holding 30 Greenpeace activists, including 6 Britons, under armed guard.
Russian Coast Guard Vessel, just after firing 1 of 11 shots at the Greenpeace ship, The Arctic Sunrise.
Russian Coast Guard, in mask, threatening unarmed Greenpeace activist at knife point.
Greenpeace activists being held at gunpoint by the Russian Coast Guard. While, more soldiers repel from helicopters, to overtake the Arctic Sunrise.
The Arctic Sunrise, with 30 activists still held hostage, being towed to the Russian Port of Murmansk; where Russia is threatening to charge all 30 environmentalists, with piracy.
If you think that these men and women are being treated unjustly:
If you think drilling for oil, in the pristine Arctic region is wrong:
If you want Vladimir Putin to order the Russian Coast Guard to immediately free all the activists unharmed, holster their weapons and withdraw from the Arctic Sunrise:
You can sign the request from Greenpeace, found here, http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/free-our-activists/
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Timeline of events since Sept. 18, 2013. Last update Sept. 24, 2013 17:45 – The crew has been told to prepare to leave the ship. Greenpeace has no idea where they are to be taken.