"This is an outrage and represents nothing less than an assault on the very principle of peaceful protest." - Kumi Naidoo

posted 2 Oct 2013, 02:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Oct 2013, 02:04 ]
“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. Any claim that these activists are pirates is as absurd as it is abominable. It is utterly irrational, it is designed to intimidate and silence us, but we will not be cowed." - Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director, 2 October 2013 


Greenpeace Press Release: Amsterdam, October 2, 2013 — The Russian state prosecutor today laid charges of piracy against a Greenpeace activist who protested against oil drilling in the Arctic. A freelance videographer has also been charged with piracy, which carries a maximum 15 year jail sentence. It is an extreme and disproportionate charge. Charges are expected to be brought against other Greenpeace campaigners over the coming hours and days.
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