Today, September 19, 1013, Greenpeace international started a campaign to bring international attention to the plight of more than 20 Greenpeace activists being held at gunpoint on the Arctic Sunrise in the Russian Arctic. Fifteen armed Russian Coast Guard officers have today illegally boarded the Greenpeace ship via helicopter.
On the morning of 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 – ultimately taking two protesters with them against their will. The arrested activists reportedly have not legal representation. The Russian Coast Guard did tell the activists to leave. They did not. Retribution followed.
Nicky Davies Greenpeace USA Campaign Director is asking US citizens to "Please sign our petition to Russia’s US Ambassador demanding Russia release the activists, immediately withdraw the Coast Guard from the Greenpeace ship, and put an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good."
Tweet from the ship
No one has been hurt, and spirits are high. The crew is however not in control of the ship at this point. #SaveTheArctic
— Arctic Sunrise (@gp_sunrise) September 19, 2013
Seeking support from around the world
Greenpeace has begun a petition to the Russian Ambassador and Secretary Kerry demanding the Russian Coast Guard release the activists immediately and give Greenpeace back its ship. Their goal is to get 75,000 signatures in the next 48 hours.