Protecting Arctic from Plunder, Greenpeace Activists Charged as Pirates

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According to a new press statement from Greenpeace:

Of the thirty Greenpeace activists taken into custody last week over their peaceful protest against arctic drilling by oil giant Gazprom, five of them on Wednesday have been officially charged with piracy by Russian officials.

The news sparked a harsh reaction from the global environmental group, who say their protest against a large drilling platform in the Pechora Sea was designed to show that the plundering of the pristine and fragile arctic regions by the world’s largest fossil fuel companies would not go unchallenged.  The charge of piracy, according to the group, is nothing less than an assault on the right to voice dissent.

“A charge of piracy is being laid against men and women whose only crime is to be possessed of a conscience. This is an outrage and represents nothing less than an assault on the very principle of peaceful protest,” said Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo.