In Paris, a Greenpeace activist hanged himself from the Eiffel Tower to demand the release of the members of the organization who are detained in Russia after demonstrating against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
The banner he hung, read “Free the Arctic 30″ , referring to environmentalists of the Arctic Sunrise ship who were arrested after two of them get into the oil rig Prilazlomnaya on 19 September. A second banner contained the text “militants in prison, weather in danger.”
The action caused the closure of the tower for tourism. “We are here to tell the French Government to make every effort to achieve the release of the 28 activists and two journalists” said Cyrille Cormier, a spokesman for Greenpeace, to the daily El Pais.
Cormier recalled that the French Prime Minister Jean -Marc Ayrault, will visit Russia next week. “We’ll ask him to include this item on the agenda” he said.
The crew of the ‘Arctic Sunrise’ remains in prison in the city of Murmansk and has been accused of vandalism, a crime punishable by up to seven years imprisonment in Russia.