Greenpeace to protest at Russian embassy, Canberra

Press release - 27 September, 2013
Greenpeace supporters will gather today outside the Russian Embassy on Canberra. They will call for the immediate release of 30 activists detained in prison for 2 months pending charges of piracy.

Australian citizen Colin Russell abd permanet resident Alex Harris are among the crew members of the Arctic Sunrise, which was boarded illegally by Russain security forces last week before being towed bacl to the Russain port of Murmansk.

WHERE

EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

78 CANBERRA AVENUE, GRIFFITH, CANBERRA

WHEN

10AM. MEDIA CONFERENCE 10.30AM

SPOKESPERSON

GREENPEACE HEAD OF PROGRAMME BEN PEARSON

 "We are extremely worried about our courageous colleagues Alex and Colin, who face two months in a Russian prison pending investigation," said Pearson. "The allegations of piracy against these brave Australians is absurd. 

This is a chilling attempt to stifle peaceful protest and it must not stand. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her department should call in the Russian Ambassador today and demand their immediate release. While the Foreign Office initially offered our activists full consular support, unlike the Dutch Government, they have yet to make a public statement on the issue."

CONTACT

Greenpeace Communications Officer Julie Macken in Canberra 0400 925 217

Greenpeace Head of Programme Ben Pearson 0424 575 111

Greenpeace Communications Manager James Lorenz 0400 376 021

For live updates follow http:/twitter.com/Gp_sunrise

Link to 'Arctic Sunrise Arrives in Murmansk ' photo shoot: (Igor Podgorny - 76 pictures):

http://photo.greenpeace.org/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox&STID=27MZIFV1XNFX&CT=Story

Link to 'Confronting Arctic Oil Tour' collection complete set:

http://photo.greenpeace.org/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&ALID=27MZIFV4HRSX&CT=Album

Russian authorities released shocking new footage apparently taken from the rig itself which shows Russian security forces confronting two climbers during the protest last Wednesday. It can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/rFF0JTG2-Y8  

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