Join the global day of solidarity for the Arctic 30 – Saturday 5th October

Posted by sara_a — 2 October 2013 at 3:13pm - Comments
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Join us in a peaceful vigil open to everyone

The Arctic 30 have now been charged with piracy by the Russian state prosecutor. They stood up to protect the Arctic, and they now face the possibility of spending years in prison on an absurd and outrageous charge. So let's stand with them in global day of solidarity this Saturday, 5th October.

"They made their stand in the interests of us all. Now we must come together and stand with them" - Kumi Naidoo

An incredible 800,000 have written to Russian Embassies to demand the immediate release of the Arctic 30 - thank you. Now let's make the global outcry impossible to ignore. Across the UK and around the world, people will be coming together this Saturday to show their support for the Arctic 30 and to write messages of peace and solidarity on paper doves (see below for download materials), which will be sent to those detained in Murmansk.

This list of the UK events will be continually updated (please get in touch with your nearest group/network to find out if they're organising an event on Saturday, or sign up here for SMS/email updates for the latest):


In London, there will be a large protest at the Russian Embassy from 1pm-3pm. We will meet in Kensington Palace Gardens (that’s a street name, not a garden - the postcode is W8 4QP). Please come along and please help advertise this event on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Near London

Some Greenpeace networks near to London will be joining us in London and some will organise their own protest locally. Sign up here for updates to find out more.


Victoria Square, Birmingham, 12pm - 3pm. View details »


Outside the old Habitat, Junction of Queens Road and Queens Avenue, 12pm - 3pm. View details »


Town Pump, South Street, Dorchester, 09:30am - 10:30am. View details »


Outside Barclays Bank in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, 2pm - 3pm. View details »


The Edinburgh network is organising a candlelit/sunset vigil solidarity event at the Russian consulate in Edinburgh 5pm to 7:30pm. View details »


Outside Church (King Charles the Martyr), Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3DX, 11:00am - 2pmView details »


Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ, 10.30am - 1.30pm. View details »


Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1, 1pm - 3pm. View details »


St Georges Street Bridge, St Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB, 1pm - 4pm. View details »


Market Square, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 10am - 4pm. View details »


Forbury Gardens, Reading, 12pm - 4pm. View details »


Sign a card at our stall in Salisbury by the library (time to be confirmed) or join us in travelling to London to take part in a peaceful vigil outside the Russian Embassy. View details »


Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW, 12pm-4pm. View details »


Ember Lounge at Staffordshire University, College road, Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom, ST4 2DF, 12pm - 4pm. View details »


Near Holland & Barrett, Union St, Swansea, 1.30pm-3.30pm. View details »


Hope Square, Weymouth, 7pm - 9pm. View details »


Parliament Street, York, YO1 8SE, 11am - 4pm View details »

What we would like people to do at the protests

We will be asking people to write messages of peace and solidarity on paper doves. These dove messages will be sent to those detained in Murmansk, so they will be collected at each event.

What you can do at home

If you can't come to a protest please print out a dove, write your message of peace and solidarity on it and send it to the Arctic 30 to show them how much support they have »

You can also take a picture and upload it to Facebook and Twitter.

Dove speech bubble - colour
Dove speech bubble - black and white
"Free the Arctic Defenders" - Banner

"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy" - Faiza Oulahsen, Arctic 30

Just a note

It's essential for the freedom of the 30, and the safety of the Greenpeace Russia office, staff and Russian friends and family that no anti-Russian or anti-Putin slogans, imagery or speeches are used. Criticism of the Russian authorities and court process can have a direct impact on the legal cases of the 30, so please help us to keep events focused on support for the Arctic 30 and our need to protect the Arctic and our climate.

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