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    [*******#333333][FONT=Georgia]Armed Russian security forces have illegally boarded a Greenpeace ship in the Arctic sea and are detaining at gunpoint 30 activists, six of whom are British, the environmental group said.
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    Greenpeace had been using the Dutch icebreaker ship Arctic Sunrise as a base from which to protest oil drilling at the Russian Prirazlomnaya platform, and on Wednesday two activists were arrested by the Coast Guard as they attempted to scale the outside of the offshore drilling rig.

    Yesterday it seems the Coast Guard came back for the rest. According to the group, armed officers from the Russian Federal Security Service – of which the coastal unit is a branch – slid down ropes from a helicopter to access the ship, with around 15 of them containing 29 activists in the galley and separately detaining the captain on the bridge.
    “They used violence against some of us, they were hitting people, kicking people down, pushing people,” Greenpeace’s Faiza Oulahsen said in a phone call from the ship.
    The environmental group has now set up a campaign page on its website entitled “Free our activists”. There, they claim that the Arctic Sunrise had been engaged in “a peaceful protest against energy giant Gazprom which is poised to drill for the first oil to come out of the icy waters of the Arctic”.

    The group urged readers to get in contact with the Russian Ambassador in London to demand the release of the activists, and added: “The Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform inside international waters and outside the jurisdiction of Russian authorities, making the boarding of the ship unlawful.”
    After the earlier arrests of the pair trying to climb the rig itself, the Russian foreign ministry dismissed Greenpeace’s efforts as “aggressive and provocative”. It issued a statement saying the protest had “threatened people's lives and could lead to environmental catastrophe in the Arctic with unpredictable consequences”.
    Following the reported seizing of the ship, Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said: “We ask President Putin to restrain the Coast Guard and order them to holster their guns and withdraw. We are a peaceful organisation and our protest has done nothing to warrant this level of aggression.”
    A spokesman for the Federal Security Service in Moscow has refused to comment.[/FONT][/COLOR]



    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...s-8827822.html
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    Way to go Russia. **** you Greenpeace hippies!
    Never poke a bear with a stick, and if you do, dont come back crying when he tears your arms apart.

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    Way to go Russia!

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    ^^^ brings a smile to my face too. I wonder if the Gulags are still open for business.

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    Why so much hate towards the hippies? Seems like all they did is potesting, except I overread something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redox View Post
    Why so much hate towards the hippies? Seems like all they did is potesting, except I overread something.
    If all they ever did was protest that would be one thing. They also like to trespass, destroy property, put others lives in danger etc.

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    Independent.uk, I am disappoint!

    You failed to mention that the FSB those security officers aka coast guard officers are from, is a successor of KGB where President Putin worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redox View Post
    Why so much hate towards the hippies? Seems like all they did is potesting, except I overread something.
    There are lawful ways and there are unlawful ways. If they choose to violate laws, then they get what they deserve. If they want respect, they need to earn it by lawful protest and methods.

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    Soon Greenpeace will learn this phrase


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    Illegally boarded a Greenpeace ship in territorial waters... seems legit

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    [FONT=Georgia]Greenpeace had been using the Dutch icebreaker ship Arctic Sunrise as a base from which to protest oil drilling at the Russian Prirazlomnaya platform, and on Wednesday two activists were arrested by the Coast Guard as they attempted to scale the outside of the offshore drilling rig.

    Yesterday it seems the Coast Guard came back for the rest.[/FONT]
    So it's all fine and dandy when they attempt to illegally board and protest on this drilling rig? These are the same people that try and ram fishing boats off the coast of Japan, then when people with guns (Navy/Cost Guard) show up they play innocent victims.

    Greenpeace has about as much credibility as the Obama administration... I watched some part of a TV show about them years back, one of their 'leaders' tried to fake being shot by some Japanese fisherman during one of their 'innocent' protests. It was later admitted to being false and only was done because they wanted more attention from the world about their good activities.

    Not saying all of their 'causes' are a bad thing to get behind. But in general to me, it would be like supporting the Westboro Baptist Church, because I don't want us involved in foreign conflicts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vorph View Post
    Illegally boarded a Greenpeace ship in territorial waters... seems legit

    How is your reading comprehension?

    Greenpeace had been using the Dutch icebreaker ship Arctic Sunrise as a base from which to protest oil drilling at the Russian Prirazlomnaya platform, and on Wednesday two activists were arrested by the Coast Guard as they attempted to scale the outside of the offshore drilling rig.

    The bold parts are to help you make a connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vorph View Post
    Illegally boarded a Greenpeace ship in territorial waters... seems legit
    Were they in territorial waters? Serious question. Can they just storm a ship in international waters? If they are trying to climb on the rig, I can see that, but just assaulting a ship in international waters? What are the rules on that?

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    Yay Russia!Lock up the ones they send to replace them as well.

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    Invading an oil drilling platform isn't the same as taking over a Uni Student Union, drilling platforms are inherently dangerous (for the workers) and vulnerable to sabotage. The hippies have shown themselves to be prepared to recklessly interfere with operations, so yeah, arrest them and seize their ship.

    If they just observed and documented the platform and spread protest banners from the side of their own ship, then they should have been left alone. They didn't act lawfully so screw'em.

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