Saturday, 23 November 2013

Russian Court ruling: Release the Arctic 30 and the Arctic Sunrise

Its official! The Russian government is to release 29 of the 30 protesters who stood against oil drilling in environmentally sensitive Arctic waters. That is the ruling of the Kalininsky District Court in St. Petersburg, which ruled that they must be release on bail. Releases started Monday.

Unfortunately, Colin Russell, remains in custody, as his pretrial detention has been extended to Feb 24th. His lawyers will appeal.

Ultimately, it seems like there is little legal basis hold any of the protesters for their act of civil disobedience.

Certainly the Russian forces use of fire arms was over the top. Shooting at activists attempting the board the drilling platform for talks.

The message is clear free the Arctic 30, and lock up carbon. Life on Earth depends on it.


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