Global Vigils For Greenpeace Activists Held By Russia

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Protests were held in cities around the world on Saturday to rally support for the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists currently being held by the Russian government on charges of piracy.

Both activists and governments have been shocked by Russia’s decision to level serious piracy charges against Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise crew after a protest against Arctic oil drilling.

On Saturday Moscow authorities hit out at both Greenpeace and the Dutch government under whose flag the environmental lobby group’s ship sailed. The Dutch initiated legal action Friday attempting to free the crew.

The US State Department also said it was “monitoring the case very closely.”

Below are some examples, for more visit Greenpeace.

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Vigil outside of the Russian Center for Science & Culture in DC

Demonstrators take part in a vigil outside of the Russian Center for Science & Culture on October 5, 2013 in Washington, DC to protest against the arrest of Greenpeace environmentalists and journalists by Russia (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

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Greenpeace activists hold posters with pictures of fellow activists Camila Speziale and Hernan Perez Orzi during a demonstration against the detention of Greenpeace activists in Russia, in Buenos Aires October 5, 2013. Russia pressed piracy charges against all 30 people, including Greenpeace activists Speziale and Orzi, who were arrested after the environmental group Greenpeace staged a protest at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic, investigators said earlier in the week. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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Greenpeace Helsinki protest

Greenpeace supporters hold placards reading “Free the Arctic 30″ in support of 30 activists jailed by Russia in Helsinki on October 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Kimmo Mantyla)

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Free our Activists protest at Russian Embasssy

‘Free the Arctic 30′ Protest at Embassy in Helsinki: A Greenpeace activist dressed as a polar bear protests outside the Russian embassy in Helsinki. Greenpeace activists have staged a number of peaceful demonstrations around the world in support of the activists and crew aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, currently held by the Russian authorities. Greenpeace International is in the Arctic to bear witness and express non-violent opposition towards various oil companies and their plans for destructive and reckless oil drilling.

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Aktivis Greenpeace melakukan aksi solidaritas terkait penahanan sejumlah aktivis serta kapal Greenpeace Arktik Sunrise di depan Kedutaan Rusia, Jakarta, Senin (23/9).

‘Free the Arctic 30′ Protest at Embassy in Indonesia Greenpeace activists hold the banner that reads “Save the Arctic”, outside the Russian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. One of a number of peaceful demonstrations around the world in support of the activists and crew aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, currently held by Russian authorities. Greenpeace International is in the Arctic to bear witness and express non-violent opposition towards various oil companies and their plans for destructive and reckless oil drilling. Yudhi Mahatma / Greenpeace

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Greenpeace London protest

British musicians Damon Albarn (L) and Paul Simonon (R) along with British actor Jude Law (2-R) take part in a protest against the detainment of Greenpeace activists by Russia outside the Russian embassy in central London on October 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

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Greenpeace Brazil protest

Activists hold banners that read in Portuguese, “Free the 30″ and “Free Ana Paula. Free our activists,” during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 demanding the release of the 30 Greenpeace activists detained in Russia. On Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, Russian investigators charged the entire crew of a Greenpeace ship with piracy for a protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Greenpeace london family and friends protest

Family and friends of Greenpeace activist Kieron Bryan who is detained in Russia, inclduding his mother Ann Bryan (R), protest outside the Russian Embassy in London October 5, 2013. Russia pressed piracy charges against all 30 people arrested after the environmental group Greenpeace staged a protest at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic, investigators said earlier in the week. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

  • alan

    Piracy, according to article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is DEFINED AS:

    “… any act of boarding (or attempted boarding) … and directed: against a ship, aircraft, persons or _property_ in a place outside_the_jurisdiction_of_any_State … any act of voluntary participation in the operation of a ship or of an aircraft with knowledge of facts making it a pirate ship or aircraft”.

    Greenpeace, did you get it? ANY ACT OF BOARDING (OR ATTEMPTED BOARDING).

    It does not matter what kind of intentions.
    It does not matter if weapon was or wasn’t used.
    It does not matter if that was ship or oil platform as it was directed “against property”.
    It does not matter if that was committed in international water.

    Break law – serve your term.
    Break law – serve your term.
    Break law – serve your term.

  • alan

    Here is an example of how international laws are respected in Dutch.

    Russia issues note of protest to Netherlands over raid on diplomat

    2013-Oct-07. The Russian Foreign Ministry has sent a note of protest to the Dutch government after an alleged attack on a member of the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said Monday. “During the past weekend, armed men in camouflage broke into the apartment of Minister-Counselor, Dmitry Borodin. Using a false pretext of the alleged ill-treatment of children, they severely beat him in front of his children,” Lukashevich said. He also said that the assault was carried out after Borodin informed the masked men about his diplomatic status. The diplomatic residence is protected by immunity, the spokesman said. The diplomat was then taken into custody by law enforcement where he spent the night and was then released “without explanation or apology .”

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