Emergency global day of solidarity planned in 80 cities to free the Arctic 30

Press release - October 4, 2013
Johannesburg/Dakar– On Saturday October 5th, thousands of people in South Africa and Senegal will take part in an emergency global day of solidarity with the Arctic 30, organised by Greenpeace.

This week, 28 activists and a freelance photographer and videographer were charged with piracy by a Russian court, following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling at a Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea.

Since the illegal boarding of the Arctic Sunrise in international waters two weeks ago, nearly one million people have sent letters to Russian embassies demanding their release. 

On Saturday, in Johannesburg people will come together at Constitutional Hill. In Cape Town, people will gather at the Nobel Square, V & A waterfront while in Durban they will meet at the Moses Mabida stadium – peoples park.

And in Senegal, fisherman who last year welcomed the Arctic Sunrise in its mission to preserve their fishing grounds will take to their boats again in an act of solidarity.    

Media Contact

·       Najia Bounaim (In Johannesburg) +27799304743

·       Bakary Koulibaly (in Dakar, Senegal) +221773336265

Note to the Editors

· Peaceful events are planned on every continent in well over 80 cities in 50 countries, from New Zealand to Mexico, from Thailand to Finland.  

· The events start at 9.am (CET) in South Africa

Follow us on @greenpeaceafric for more details