Today, 14 of the Arctic 30 have been charged with piracy by the Russian state prosecutor, and we expect further charges tomorrow. They stood up to protect the Arctic, and they now face the possibility of spending years in prison on an absurd and outrageous charge. So let's stand with them in global day of solidarity this Saturday, 5th October.
"They made their stand in the interests of us all. Now we must come together and stand with them"
- Kumi Naidoo
An incredible 800,000 have written to Russian Embassies to demand the immediate release of the Arctic 30 - thank you. Now let's make the global outcry impossible to ignore. Across the UK and around the world, people will be coming together this Saturday to show their support for the Arctic 30 and to write messages of peace and solidarity on paper doves (see below for download materials), which will be sent to those detained in Murmansk.
This list of the UK events will be continually updated (please get in touch with your nearest group/network to find out if they're organising an event on Saturday, or sign up here for SMS/email updates for the latest):
In London, there will be a large protest at the Russian
Embassy from 1pm-3pm. We will meet on Kensington Palace Gardens (that’s a
street name, not a garden - the postcode is W8 4QP). Please come along and please help advertise this event on
Facebook, Twitter and email.
Some Greenpeace networks near to London will be joining us in London and some will organise their own protest locally. Sign up here for updates to find out more.
Outside the old Habitat, Junction of Queens Road and Queens Avenue, 12pm - 3pm. View details »
Outside Barclays Bank in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, 2pm - 3pm. View details »
The Edinburgh network is
organising a candlelit/sunset vigil solidarity event at the Russian consulate
in Edinburgh 5pm to 7:30pm. View details »
Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club, 23 Wharf St, LS2 7EQ, 7pm - 11pm. View details »
Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ, 10.30am - 1.30pm. View details »
Market Square, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 10am - 4pm. View details »
Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW, 12pm-4pm. View details »
Details to follow. View details »
What we would like people to do at the protests
We will be asking people to write messages of peace and
solidarity on paper doves. These dove messages will be sent to those detained in
Murmansk, so they will be collected at each event.
What you can do at home
If you can't come to a protest please print out
a dove, write your message of peace and solidarity on it, and send it
Name of detainee/Arctic 30
c/o Greenpeace International
Ottho Heldringstraat 5,
1066 AZ Amsterdam,
You can also take a picture and upload
to Facebook and Twitter.
Dove speech bubble - colour
Dove speech bubble - black and white
"Free the Arctic Defenders" - Banner
"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy" - Faiza Oulahsen, Arctic 30
Just a note
It's essential for the freedom of the 30, and the safety of the Greenpeace Russia office, staff and Russian friends and family that no anti-Russian or anti-Putin slogans, imagery or speeches are used. Criticism of the Russian authorities and court process can have a direct impact on the legal cases of the 30, so please help us to keep events focused on support for the Arctic 30
and our need to protect the Arctic and our climate.