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Critical mass at Parliament Square

Posted by tracy — 14 March 2007 at 7:43pm - Comments

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Some of our ship's crew and volunteers joined in the Critical Mass ride at Parliament Square as part of the protests.

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Come down to Parliament Square for the rally

Posted by tracy — 14 March 2007 at 5:37pm - Comments

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The rally in Parliament Square to show opposition to Trident will be on from 6 to 8pm - we're expecting the vote during that time.

Climbers are down and out

Posted by tracy — 14 March 2007 at 3:31pm - Comments

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Climbers coming down from the crane outside parliament

The two Greenpeace climbers who spent the night on the crane outside Big Ben came down about an hour ago. They were arrested but have now been released and just arrived back at the office. They say they're happy they got right out and they stink.

You can see more photos from the 30 hour-long occupation of the crane on Flickr

 

Russian forestry agency launches investigation into illegal logging

Posted by jamie — 13 March 2007 at 7:04pm - Comments

Activists being removed from their blockade of the Stora Enso headquarters in Helsinki Amidst all the current hoo-hah about Trident, we have some good news from Russia or, at least, the potential for good news.

Back in September, our Partners in Crime report revealed how Finland is importing vast quantities of timber logged illegally in neighbouring Russia. According to federal law, all forestry management plans must undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment - in the republic of Karelia these assessments are not being done yet the local government continues to hand out logging permits.

However, this week the Head of the Federal Forestry Agency in Russia has ordered an immediate investigation into the problem, appointing a commission to report back next month. This is a huge step forward and acknowledges the scale of the problem - of all the timber felled in Karelia, the majority is illegal.

Protest at parliament continues

Posted by bex — 13 March 2007 at 2:59pm - Comments

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Protest at parliament continues

Our climbers have been up a crane beside Big Ben for seven hours now - the banner’s looking big and beautiful in front of parliament, and the climbers have enough supplies to stay there until tomorrow afternoon’s vote.

Opposition is growing

Posted by tracy — 13 March 2007 at 2:19pm - Comments

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A strong rebellion against the government's proposal on Trident is growing amongst MPs. On Sunday the BBC reported that their poll indicated that two thirds of Labour MPs plan to vote against the government and oppose the Trident replacement. Yesterday Deputy leader of the Commons Nigel Griffiths resigned over the issue.

The public's view is shifting too. A poll conducted for More 4 showed that only 24% of the public supports the government's plans to replace Trident and 51% think that the final decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system should be made through a public referendum.

When asked what the greatest threat to our security is, only 7% said Iran, North Korea or Pakistan, while 58% said that climate change will be the greatest threat to our security in 20 years time.

Download the full More 4 poll conducted by Populus.

In their own words

Posted by bex — 13 March 2007 at 11:17am - Comments

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Greenpeace climber with Tony heart WMD banner

Our climbers are hanging off a crane with a banner reading "TONY HEART WMD", but it's not just Greenpeace that thinks that Blair’s plan to rush through a decision to replace Trident is immoral, unnecessary and plain wrong. From world leaders and religious figures to academics and scientists, here are some of the voices speaking out against the plan to replace Trident in tomorrow's vote:

Tony wants to go out with a bang

Posted by tracy — 13 March 2007 at 9:23am - Comments

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Tony and the Greenpeace climbers

Or a bomb anyway. The government is voting tomorrow on Blair's plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system. With a rebellion brewing in the Labour benches, Blair will be counting on the Tories to secure the vote and build his weapons of mass destruction.

Join us to oppose new nuclear weapons - vote day is this Wednesday

Posted by Louise Edge — 12 March 2007 at 5:59pm - Comments

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Mushroom cloudA parliamentary vote to "replace" the Trident nuclear weapons system and tie Britain into having nuclear weapons for the next 50 years is being rushed through this Wednesday.

Portia - ship volunteer

Posted by bex — 9 March 2007 at 11:22am - Comments

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The hospitality of Glasgow jails is a far cry from that of the Amazon, where I was working before joining the Arctic Sunrise as assistant cook come deck hand.

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