I’ve started the petition “President Vladimir Putin (via H.E. the Russian Ambassador to London): Set free the Greenpeace protesters that you have illegally detained.” and need your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:
Here’s why it’s important:
The Greenpeace 30 were arrested whilst trying to raise awareness of the risks of exploiting the natural resources of the Arctic. It was an environmental action and had nothing to do with the aims that the Russian authorities are suggesting. Even to those with little interest in the matter it is evident that the aims of the Greenpeace protest did not include piracy.
To assist, here is the OED definition:
- 1 [mass noun] the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea.
- a practice similar to piracy but in other contexts, especially hijacking:air piracy http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/piracy
It is absolutely clear from this definition that Russia’s pursuit of a prosecution for piracy is being pursued solely to intimidate the protesters and warn off any similar, future actions. Piracy was not the intention or aim of the protesters involved and they must be released without charge and without any delay as Russia is severly damaging its reputation by its actions and will cause many people to re-evaluate the respect that the country gives to human rights, which include the right to protest – about anything.
Please sign this petition. Please ask your friends and contacts to sign it too. Help set free the Greenpeace protestors and make Russia realise that they represent the hopes and opinions of hundreds of millions of people around the world.
You can sign my petition by clicking here.