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Free The Arctic 30! - Greenpeace Protest in Sydney, Saturday, 16 November, 2013
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Video Free The Arctic 30! - Greenpeace Protest in Sydney, Saturday, 16 November, 2013
60 days of injustice: the Arctic 30 need your help!

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Sydney

When: From 10.00am - 11.00am, Saturday 16 November

Where: Hickson Road Reserve, The Rocks - directions here

RSVP: click to tell us you're coming
Thirty people who took part in a peaceful protest at an Arctic oil platform now face the prospect of years in a Russian prison. In place of the initial charges of piracy, they are now accused of hooliganism - an equally absurd charge with no merit in truth or law.

The Greenpeace activists were shining a light on dangerous oil drilling and climate change, and their actions were safe and peaceful at all times. They are now prisoners of conscience, they are the responsibility of the world, and people around the world are working for their release.

On the 16th of November we will assemble all over the world in a show of strength and solidarity and add our voices to the call to #FreetheArctic30

In Sydney we will gather at Hickson Point Reserve for an hour long vigil where we will join friends and family of the Arctic 30 to create a photograph with huge white letters that spell out #FreetheArctic30 in front of the Iconic Opera house.

There will be face painting for kids both young and old, campaign updates about the situation in Russia and at the end we will release 30 white doves, one for each of the crew, as a sign of peace, love and hope for a new beginning for the Arctic 30.


About the campaign

Russian oil company Gazprom just signed a deal with Shell, and together they are leading efforts to drill in the melting Arctic. In September 2013, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest yearly point – the sixth lowest in recorded history. Greenpeace is campaigning for a ban on offshore drilling in the Arctic, and for the uninhabited area around the North Pole to be declared a global sanctuary.

Link to the Greenpeace Australia Pacific Site:

Click for information about this Saturday's Sydney action


Footage that shows the moment Russian special forces abseiled onto the heli deck of the Arctic Sunrise and detained the crew at gun point.





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.

The Arctic Sunrise was seized at gunpoint by Russian commandos in international waters on September 19th this year.

The crew of the ship had earlier held a peaceful protest at an Arctic drilling platform operated by Russian oil giant Gazprom.

The ship was subsequently towed to Russia where the 28 crew and two freelance journalists have since been held in prison.

They are charged with hooliganism, carrying a 7 year sentence, and piracy, which carries 15 years.

Email the Russian Embassy to demand the release of the Arctic 30
11-13-2013 03:52 PM
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