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Global Day of Action to free the Arctic 30

(L – R) Daniel, Lydia, Hugh, Nigel

(L – R) Daniel, Lydia, Hugh, Nigel

Brother Hugh writes:

At Hilfield we pray for the  release of the 30 Greenpeace  activists arrested at gunpoint and imprisoned in Russia for drawing  the world’s attention to the dangers of  drilling for oil in the Arctic.  Shell works with Gazprom but deny all responsibility for the arrests.

On 16th Nov on the Global Day of Action,  Nigel, Lydia, Daniel and Br Hugh, of the Hilfield Friary Community, along with Sara our secretary, went to  the Dorchester Shell Garage  to demand that Shell speaks out and shows that it values justice and human rights above its Arctic deal with Gazprom.  33 people from 16 – 75 years old and from every walk of life came together to protest. We were part of the protests in 263 cities in 43 countries.

We were united by our shock and disbelief that 28 peaceful protesters and 2 journalists are reaching the end of their second month in a Russian jail. We can only begin to imagine what they and their families are going through.

Gazprom told the authorities to intervene. But it is not in the Arctic alone – Shell is rushing to partner Gazprom in their project to exploit the areas opened up by the melting of the Arctic ice. Other oil companies have told Gazprom to use their huge influence in Russia to release the Arctic 30, but not Shell. Shell is valuing its deal above justice and human rights.

For further information see www.greenpeace.org.uk and please join us by praying for the 30.