Thousands join Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30

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Feature Story - 8 October, 2013
From Bali to Helsinki, Sydney to London and all places in between, supporters of the Arctic 30 took to the streets to peacefully demonstrate outside Russian embassies and iconic locations around the world to demand their release.

Over 10,000 people in 48 countries took part in 220 activities as part of an emergency Global Day of Solidarity for 28 activists and two journalists charged with piracy by Russian authoritiesThe charges follow a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling at a Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea.

In Australia, hundreds turned out at vigils in Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney to stand in solidarity with the Arctic 30 - including the family and friends of detained activists Colin Russell, Jon Beauchamp and Alex Harris.

The day kicked off in Brisbane with an early morning vigil at Wilson's Lookout to stand with the Arctic 30.

Global Day of Solidarity protest Brisbane

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In Hobart, the wife and daughter of detained Greenpeace activist Colin Russell joined the vigil to speak out about the injustice of piracy charges.

Christine Russell at Hobart vigil

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Bob Brown also attended the vigil and urged the Australian government to join the Dutch government in taking legal action to free the Arctic 30.

Bob Brown at the Hobart vigil

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In Adelaide, the partner of detained Jon Beauchamp was among those who stood in solidarity with the Arctic 30.

Tania Purtle in Adelaide standing in solidarity with the Arctic 30

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Volunteers and supporters in Melbourne rallied peacefully in front of Flinders Street Station calling for the Arctic 30 to be freed from detention immediately.

Melbourne stands in solidarity with the Arctic 30

One supporter, Daryl, wrote this message of support for the Greenpeace activists and the two freelance journalists currently detained in Russia.

Daryl from Melbourne stands with the Arctic 30

Family and friends of the detained Greenpeace activist Alex Harris joined the Sydney vigil at Bondi Beach.

Free the Arctic 30 at Bondi Beach

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Alex Harris’ cousin Gemma attended the vigil to stand in solidarity with Alex and the rest of the Arctic 30.

Gemma joins the Bondi vigil to free the Arctic 30

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Greenpeace Australia CEO David Ritter spoke at vigil in Sydney, urging the Australian government to act to free the Arctic 30 and stressing the inappropriateness of piracy charges.

David Ritter at Bondi for the Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30

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See photos from vigils around the world in our photo slideshow 

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