Russia to charge Greenpeace activists with piracy over oil rig protest

Greenpeace arctic sunrise

Greenpeace arctic sunrise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So Greenpeace are now accused of piracy!!  OK so they tried to board an oil-rig but this was peaceful protest to bring to the attention of the world the proposed drilling for oil in arctic waters, with the real possibility of contamination through spillage.  Why not put more effort into alternative non-carbon fuel energy sources?

The Towers of Insanity

The threat to kill
a fragile ecosystem
in a catastrophic Arctic spill.

They care at least,
activists protesting to protect,
ensuring world awareness is increased.

boarders from the Arctic Sunrise.
Scale the oil-rig’s gothic heights,
publicity the prize.

Piracy –
the legacy
of boarding Gazprom rig
anchored in Pechora Sea.

Fifteen years.
The threatened price appears
to be sequestered in a Russian jail
for acting on environmental fears.

Unthinking inhumanity
of despotic powers unleashed
from the towers of insanity.


24 September 2013 – headline from the Guardian

Notes: “Russia to charge Greenpeace activists with piracy over oil rig protest”.  Russia has opened a criminal case against Greenpeace activists who boarded an Arctic oil rig belonging to energy giant Gazprom, and says it plans to charge them all with piracy, regardless of their nationality. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in a Russian prison.  The Greenpeace boat Arctic Sunrise was apprehended last Thursday in what the environmental organisation says were international waters, near the Prirazlomnaya rig in the Pechora Sea. Russian coastguards stormed the boat after activists attempted to climb aboard the rig to stop its operations, descending from helicopters on ropes and rounding up the activists with knives and guns. The Prirazlomnaya platform belongs to the Russian state energy giant Gazprom, and is due to begin operations early next year. It would make Gazprom the first company to drill offshore in the Arctic. Greenpeace say there are no safety plans in place for an oil spill at the rig, and that drilling there could cause huge damage to the fragile Arctic ecosystem. The company has denied there is any risk.


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