Global rallies to be staged to support detained Greenpeace activists
Greenpeace activists across the world plan to hold rallies to protest the prosecution of the crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise vessel, which was detained by Russian border guards in the Pechora Sea.
"Tens of thousands of people will join the International Day of Solidarity with the detained Greenpeace activists on Saturday, October 5. The peace rallies will be staged in more than 80 cities in 50 countries," Greenpeace's Russian office told Interfax on Friday.
Piracy charges were brought against all 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise crew who may be imprisoned for 10 to 15 years.
Greenpeace International's defense attorneys have filed appeals with the Leninsky district court in Murmansk.
The ship was stopped by Russian border guards in the Pechora Sea when the crew were protesting against oil drilling on the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform. The ship was towed to Murmansk, where the environmentalists were taken into custody.
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