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John Dunford

John Dunford is part of the Greenpeace NZ digital team in Auckland.

  • Arctic Sunrise action timeline

    Blogpost by John Dunford - September 24, 2013 at 9:06
    From peaceful action to dramatic seizure: a timeline of events since the Arctic Sunrise took action September 18 (CET).


    September 18, 2013

    02.34 - Four inflatables leave the Arctic Sunrise heading towards Gazprom's oil platform, thePrirazlomnaya. Activists attempt to climb and establish themselves on the outside structure of the platform to protest against imminent drilling.

    They are here to peacefully protest against the Arctic oil rush, which threatens grave harm to the Arctic environment, as well as extracting more oil that humanity cannot afford to burn. ThePrirazlomnaya is the first oil rig to start oil production in the ice-filled waters of the Arctic. Safety culture on the rig is a joke.

    The nearby Russian Coast Guard ship quickly responds by launching inflatables manned w... Read more >

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    25 activists, including two Kiwis, have been arrested by armed Russian Coast Guard. The crew of the Arctic Sunrise had been peacefully protesting against risky drilling at an oil rig in the Arctic when the Russian Coast Guard, using helicopters and ropes, illegally boarded and detained the activists.

    Greenpeace International activists locked inside the radio room of the boat said they saw the activists held on their knees with guns pointed at them. Earlier on Wednesday, the Coast Guard had arrested and held without charge two Greenpeace activists who had scaled Gazprom’s drill platform.

    The head of Greenpeace International Kumi Naidoo said:

    “This illegal boarding of a peaceful protest ship highlights the extreme lengths that the Russian government will go to to keep Gazprom’s dangerous...

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