URGENT: Global vigil to #FreeTheArctic30

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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From: “Greenpeace Canada, Christy Ferguson” <noreply>
Date: September 26, 2013 at 1:46:04 PM PDT
To: kpuffer
Subject: URGENT: Global vigil to #FreeTheArctic30
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GREENPEACE
SaveTheArctic
Dear Kim,

Shots fired so close they felt the splash in the water. Knives bared to slash their small rubber boats. Russian special forces storming their ship from a helicopter. Five days incommunicado at sea under armed guard. And now, possibly months of detention in a Russian jail. All for peaceful protest.

We need you to defend our activists and our right to peaceful protest in a resounding global show of solidarity. Please join us at the vigils being held in Toronto and Montreal, and if you can’t attend please send a letter to the Russian embassy in Canada asking them to free the 30 activists being held.

Toronto Solidarity Vigil for the Arctic 30
Where: Russian Consulate – 175 Bloor Street East (Bloor and Church)
When: Friday, September 27th, 10:00am
Who: Greenpeace staff, volunteers, supporters and activists
RSVP: on Facebook or by email

Montreal Solidarity Vigil for the Arctic 30
Where: Russian Consulate – 3655 Avenue du Musée à Montréal
When: Friday, September 27th, 11:30am
Who: Greenpeace staff, volunteers, supporters and activists
RSVP: on Facebook

These 30 Greenpeace activists – including two Canadians – have been detained by Russian authorities since last week, after attempting a peaceful protest on a Gazprom oil platform in the Russian Arctic to protect the fragile region from the disastrous consequences of reckless drilling.

Since then, over half a million people have written letters to their Russian embassies demanding the immediate release of our activists. From governments to NGOs and independent legal experts, there’s been a resounding global cry to free our activists that the Russian authorities will find it hard to ignore.

But now our brave activists are being detained in Murmansk, Russia and it’s looking like they could spend months in custody.

Gazprom just signed a massive deal with Shell, and together they are leading the mad rush to drill in the melting Arctic for more of the stuff that is causing devastating climate change. Just days ago, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point all year — the sixth lowest in recorded history.

This moment is critical. The time is now to raise our voices to protect the Arctic, to speak out for those who are being silenced by the authorities for protesting against the destruction of our planet, and to stand up against the collusion of governments and companies in crimes against our future.

In solidarity,

Christy Ferguson

Christy Ferguson
Greenpeace Canada Arctic Campaigner

PS – Over 500,000 people have sent messages to their Russian embassies, demanding the release of our activists. But we need to keep up the pressure and send as many letters as possible. Please send a letter to the Russian embassy in Canada asking them to free the 30 activists being held!

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