Greenpeace activists denied bail in Russia – my contribution on Blog Action Day…

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Greenpeace word mark Русский: Текстовый символ «Гринпис» (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greenpeace activists denied bail in Russia

Greenpeace is confident diplomatic pressure will mean two New Zealand activists avoid piracy charges in Russia.

Jon Beauchamp and David Haussman have now both been denied bail over their protest against Arctic oil drilling. They are among 30 activists charged.

Jonathan Beauchamp arriving for his bail hearing.
Jonathan Beauchamp arriving for his bail hearing.AFP/GREENPEACE

“Mr Beauchamp’s lawyer tried to argue overnight that he should be freed because of a heart condition.

Executive director of Greenpeace in New Zealand Bunny McDiarmid says there is a lot happening behind the scenes.

Ms McDiarmid says the piracy allegations are completely inappropriate but Russia could still be considering other more serious charges.

The BBC’s reports that Mr Beauchamp’s lawyer argued he should be set free on bail, there was a hotel waiting for him in Murmansk and a guarantee that he wouldn’t leave the country.

The key legal argument being made by lawyers for the Greenpeace activists is that they didn’t attack a ship so they can’t be pirates.

They argue that the activists were trying to tie themselves onto an oil rig.”

Claims they committed piracy is just unadulterated garbage. Greenpeace activists often move close to the wind, but they protest the lack of human rights throughout the world. In this recent action they protested on the high seas, not in Russian territorial waters.

My contribution on Blog Action Day October 16 2013.

World

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bmVGOdb&v=30369

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7 thoughts on “Greenpeace activists denied bail in Russia – my contribution on Blog Action Day…

  1. Hi Peter….thanks for posting this. I really fear for these guys as I believe the Russians are not going to be kind.
    I have been a supporter of Greenpeace for many years….and will be following.

    It will take me a while to catch up with blogs……

    Thanks…Janet.

  2. I have always admired the Greenpeace Group and followed their adventures from afar. Would have loved to be with them all but, alas, no. There is no stopping the actions of determined and greedy men who continue to destroy our beautiful planet and bring forth filthy oil Very little we can do except to weep for the innocent animals and the loss of the green pastures and the sheer white snow.
    Stay well and may your joints be always supple. JW XX

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