Arctic Sunrise

Keskiviikkona 18. syyskuuta Greenpeace Internationalin aktivistit osoittivat mieltään arktista öljynporausta vastaan Gazpromin öljynporauslautalla, Prirazlomnajalla. He toimivat rauhanomaisin, väkivallattomin keinoin ja omilla kasvoillaan.

Nyt kolmekymmentä henkilöä on tutkintavankeudessa Venäjällä. Heistä ensimmäisille on nostettu syytteet merirosvoudesta, josta voi seurata 15 vuoden vankilatuomio. Syyte on äärimmäinen ja kohtuuton. Se on vakavin uhka Greenpeacen rauhanomaiselle ympäristöaktivismille sitten vuoden 1985, jolloin Ranskan turvallisuuspalvelu pommitti Rainbow Warrior -laivaamme ja tappoi kollegamme Fernando Perreiran vastustaessamme Ranskan ydinkokeita.

Aktivistien kohtelu on nostattanut huolta ja voimakasta kritiikkiä eri puolilla maailmaa. Niin kansalaisjärjestöt, poliitikot kuin rock-yhtyeetkin ovat tulleet aktivistien tueksi. Solidaarisuuden aallon todistaminen on ollut upeaa. Huoli Arktiksesta ja kansalaisten oikeudesta rauhanomaisiin mielenilmaisuihin on yhteinen.

Alla on joitakin esimerkkejä muiden kansalaisjärjestöjen kannanotoista. 

WWF:

”Greenpeace on mielenosoituksellaan erittäin aiheellisesti halunnut kiinnittää huomiota vakavaan ympäristöuhkaan. Arktisen alueen luonto on erityisen haavoittuva ja öljykatastrofin sattuessa vaikutukset ovat erittäin suuria ja näkyvät vielä kymmenienkin vuosien jälkeen ympäristössä. Lisäksi öljyntorjunta on todella vaikeaa tällaisissa olosuhteissa.”

Amnesty:

“There’s very little question that unarmed Greenpeace activists are not pirates. Charges of piracy are manifestly unfounded in this case – having no basis in law or reality – and it’s profoundly damaging to level such serious charges so carelessly.”

Christian Aid:

“Christian Aid is deeply concerned at the way in which peaceful protesters from Greenpeace are being held in prison by the Russian authorities and may face piracy charges.

This is an attack on the ability of civil society to speak out and bring to public attention issues of global importance."

Human Rights Watch:

“Accusing the activists of piracy is a grotesque distortion of the law that appears to be aimed more at intimidating Greenpeace than upholding law and order.”

“Both Russian and international law provides protections to protesters, whether on land or at sea.”

Climate Reality:

“When friends go out on a ledge to protect what’s important to all of us, we thank them. And when they run into trouble, we step up and support them.

On behalf of everyone at Climate Reality, I want to publicly recognize the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested by the Russian Coast Guard for taking a stand and protesting oil drilling in the Arctic.”

Sierra Club:

“The thoughts of everyone at the Sierra Club are with the activists who traveled to the Arctic to engage in the peaceful protest of the destructive and dangerous drilling. Whether you are Russian, American or from any other nation in the world, reckless Arctic drilling fuels climate disruption that threatens a safe future for all of us while destroying one of the most pristine places on earth.”

Friends of the Earth International:

“It is scandalous that Greenpeace activists are facing these criminal charges in Russia following a peaceful protest to highlight the very real dangers of drilling in the Arctic - we fully support the call for their immediate release. The real crime is the continued exploitation of the Arctic – in the face of catastrophic climate change we should be leaving dirty fossil fuels in the ground."

“These activists were standing up for the millions of people who are already facing droughts, floods and a loss of their livelihoods because of climate change impacts - it's the dirty energy companies risking the lives of millions who should be answering for their activities.”

350.org:

"Greenpeace activists bear witness to the actions of the fossil fuel industry and their megaphone urges on the entire climate movement.”

“The team at 350.org joins the call for a global day of solidarity on October 5 to support our colleagues and the many others who draw inspiration from their courage.”