Greenpeace urges Zuma to help Arctic 30

2013-11-18 13:45
Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Cape Town – The Greenpeace International executive director has written an open letter to President Jacob Zuma encouraging him to speak up for the release of the Arctic 30.

The director and former anti-apartheid activist, Kumi Naidoo, is campaigning for the release of 30 international activists detained since 18 September by the Russian government.

In the letter Naidoo described the fate of the activists as a matter of global concern and asked Zuma to implore his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to release the 28 activists and two freelance journalists on bail.

He also requested that the Russian president use his influence to drop the ‘excessive’ charges of piracy and hooliganism.

Russian commandos seized the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, after two activists attempted to scale a Gazprom oil drilling platform to stage a protest.

The group, dubbed 'Arctic 30', have since been moved by train from the northern port of Murmansk to St Petersburg which is reported to be a more accessible destination for the activists' lawyers and family members.

Greenpeace supporters around the world as well as in South Africa have held demonstrations and virgils calling for the group's release.

Read more on:    greenpeace  |  jacob zuma  |  vladimir putin  |  russia
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