30 days of detention – Free the Arctic 30 (Greenpeace)
This week Anthony (below) along with Peter, Paul, Hernan, Anne, Mannes, Iain, David, Jonathan, Colin, Ruslan, Alexandre, Francesco, Cristian, Ana Paula, Ekaterina, Gizem, Camila, Sini, Tomasz, Marco, Phil, Faiza, Dima, Alexandra, Frank, Denis, Kieron, Roman and Andrey, were in court again. Sadly, the judge refused to release them on bail. It has been 30 days since Russian agents stormed the Arctic Sunrise and arrested all 30 people on board. It has been 30 days of injustice but pressure is mounting.
This week, 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners including Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams wrote to President Putin to ask him to ensure the piracy charges against the Arctic 30 are dropped. In a personal phone call German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her concern over the imprisonment of the 30 and hoped the case would be resolved soon.
The UK’s foreign minister William Hague has spoken to his Russian counterpart and the Prime Minister David Cameron said in parliament this week that he’s asking for daily updates on their situation. They join a growing list of heads of state, including Brazil, the US and the Netherlands, who have spoken out publicly about the Arctic 30.
Public pressure is working and will make a difference. It’s critical that we make sure the fate of our friends and fellow activists doesn’t fall off the news agenda – and we can all help.
Let’s keep doing all we can to get them out,
PS it’s difficult to write on your own arm when you’re on your own in a cold Russian jail cell. Spelling slip-ups will always be forgiven 🙂