Lucy Lawless and six fellow Greenpeace activists were released from police custody earlier today, after being arrested aboard the oil rig Nobel Discoverer in New Zealand’s Port Taranaki and charged with burglary. But Greenpeace is calling the group’s three-day stay atop the ship’s tower, delaying its Shell-chartered trip to the Arctic, a success.
“When we started this seven of us went up the rig but 133,000 came down with us in solidarity,” Lawless said in a statement, referring to the number of people who sent letters to Shell, protesting its plans to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska. “They’re writing letters and we know that new heros are going to spring up in our fervent mission to make sure the oil industry becomes an energy industry is one that is renewable and clean.”
On the third night aboard the ship, Lawless and company said they were bombarded with loud music and lights, but a Shell spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald that the music was from an alarm clock and the lights were necessary for routine work.
The seven protesters will appear in court on Thursday.
Wonder how people get atop a 53-meter tower of an oil ship? Watch this little video from Greenpeace.
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