Activists on Occupied Russian Arctic Oil Rig Hit with Water Cannon

25 Aug

Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo gives a thumbs-up as he and other activists board the Arctic oil platform in the Pechora Sea. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images

Six activists with Greenpeace International have occupied a Russian oil rig to protest drilling in the Arctic. The rig belongs to the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, which is set to become the first company to produce Arctic oil through drilling operations in the Pechora Sea. Democracy Now interviewed Greenpeace’s executive director, Kumi Naidoo, just as he and other activists are being hosed by the rig’s crew in an effort to thwart their protest.

Naidoo says the group is being sprayed by ice cold water by Gazprom employees as they remain on the rig. “We want to draw global attention to what is the defining environmental struggle of our time, and time is running out for us to avert catastrophic climate change,” Naidoo says. “That’s why we are here.” Greenpeace is promoting a resolution at the U.N. General Assembly that would protect the Arctic region from any drilling or unsustainable fishing.

Source: Democracy Now

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One Response to “Activists on Occupied Russian Arctic Oil Rig Hit with Water Cannon”

  1. oak mats May 11, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    why are they so violent against the oil projects, its for their own future too.

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