December 11, 2013
Two Argentine Greenpeace activists arrested by Russian authorities
Two Greenpeace activists from Argentina have been put into custody by the Russian coast guard as they were protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic. The environmental organization denounced they could be charged with “terrorism and illegal scientific investigations.”
Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez have been detained along with other 24 activists who were resisting hydrocarbon activities on board of the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise navigating international waters by Russia’s Coast Guard. “We are worried about the security of Camila and Hernán and that of all of our colleagues,” head of the Arctic campaing in Buenos Aires Mauro Fernández told media.
According to the organization, communication with their members has been cut off.
“The Russian government takes unjustified and illegal measures. This level of violence against peaceful activities show that oil companies get special protection,” Fernández affirmed and added that those who have been detained remain handcuffed on the ship’s deck after Russian officers seized the ship and pointed their guns at them.
Meanwhile, the Russian Federal Service (FSB) released a statement that was quoted by the state-run news agency of the Eurasian country, the RIA Novosti. “We decided to tow the Arctic Sunrice to the port city of Murmansk to carry out judicial procedures,” the FSB stated.
The RIA Novosti agency also reported that a Russian captive said that he and the rest of Greenpeace crewmembers “run the risk of being accused of terrorism and of illegal scientific investigations.”