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Greenpeace activist Phil Ball arrested during action in Rotterdam

Phillip Ball, a Greenpeace International activist from the UK, onboad the Arctic Sunrise. ENGNNL00320130210135741

Phillip Ball, a Greenpeace International activist from the UK, onboad the Arctic Sunrise. ENGNNL00320130210135741

Greenpeace activist Phil Ball has been arrested in Rotterdam today (Thursday) after trying to prevent the first oil from the Arctic coming to the market in Europe.

Mr Ball of Chipping Norton was involved as a climber in an operation to board the oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov at about 6am.

He was one of 44 activists on board the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior and is currently being held by Dutch authorities.

Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace international executive director, said: “Our activists may be detained but this campaign is just getting started. The Arctic 30 spent two months in a Russian prison to shine a light on the madness of drilling for oil in the melting Arctic, and today they have shown real courage once again. We are hugely proud of their determination.

“From Russia to Rotterdam, our governments remain hopelessly dependent on oil, while the side effects of this addiction become more dangers by the day. Breaking this chain is not just an environmental imperative, it is a matter of peace and security.

“The fight to stop Arctic oil drilling is just one of the defining battles of our time. We will not be intimidated, and we will win.”

Mr Ball was also one of the Arctic 30 who was arrested last year and spent two months in a Russian jail.

Greenpeace have said they expect Mr Ball to released very soon.

 

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