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Greenpeace campaigners hold vigil for detained activists
5:10am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
FREE THEM: Front from left, Anna Ruscoe, Jessica Opie and Sarah Clayton, who are friends of activist Iain Rogers, one of 30 people detained by the Russian Government after protesting on the Arctic Sunrise
Dorchester to show their support for a campaigner held in Russia. Iain Rogers is among 28 activists and two journalists detained by Russian authorities after being seized during a protest over drilling in the Arctic.
The engineer, who is from Exeter, was aboard the Arctic Sunrise when it was detained on charges of piracy last week.
The West Dorset Greenpeace party joined a global call to action to hold a peaceful protest for the detainees.
Sarah Clayton, a friend of Mr Rogers, said: "We are here today to show our support for our friend Iain and the others currently being held in Russia.
“We need to be here to encourage our government to respond to the plight of the Arctic 30.
“Greenpeace are the only ones to peacefully confront the interests of big oil.
“The impact of drilling in the Arctic could have catastrophic results in this pristine environment.
“As friends of Iain we have been really worried about him and hope he is finding ways of staying strong and being positive.”
A vigil also took place in Hope Square, Weymouth, on Saturday night.
Mr Rogers, 37, was one of six Britons who were held when officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, two weeks ago.
He joins freelance videographer Keiron Bryan, from Shebbear, as all 30 people on board the vessel have now been formally charged with piracy.
Mr Rogers’ mother Sue Rogers has said that her son is not an activist, but the ship’s engineer, though he shares the group’s philosophy.
A spokesman for Greenpeace said: “A further 15 Greenpeace international activists and a Russian freelance photojournalist were today charged with piracy in Murmansk.”
If convicted, the offence carries a maximum 15-year jail term.
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