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PETITION: Russia Must Free Greenpeace ActivistsSalem-News.com
On 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.
(WASHINGTON DC) - On 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. Then, Russian Coast Guard officers illegally boarded and seized the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise via helicopter.
After nearly two weeks since the action started, the Russian authorities charged 28 international activists, one independent photographer and one independent videographer with piracy. They are to be detained on these charges for two months. Appeals have been filed for all 30 charges. We're mounting an international effort to get them back safely along with the release of the Greenpeace ship. And it starts with people around the world putting pressure on the Russian government.
Greenpeace offices around the world have already sent 500,000 global petitions to the Russian government, and they're receiving them daily. Join this symbolic moment to protect our planet and our right to peacefully protest the actions of those who threaten to destroy it.
Please join our activists in becoming an Arctic Defender. Sign our petition to Russia's US ambassador demanding Russia release the activists, the immediate withdrawal of the Russian Coast Guard from the Greenpeace ship, and an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.
Special thanks to Merton Palestine Solidarity-Campaign
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