So, you’ve probably heard about the Greenpeace Arctic 30 crew, right? If you haven’t, here is some more info about them:
On the 18th September Greenpeace mounted a protest from the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise against an oil rig owned and run by Gazprom, a state owned company. The activists had tried to board the rig and possibly disrupt operations. The Russian coast guard intervened and seized the 30 strong crew of the Greenpeace vessel. Greenpeace claims that its activists “have done nothing to warrant this level of aggression and have been entirely peaceful throughout” yet were confronted by Russians wearing balaclavas and with guns and knives.
Now there are 28 activists & 2 freelancers in custody who have been charged with piracy. Greenpeace says “This is an outrage and represents nothing less than an assault on the very principle of peaceful protest” even the Russian President Putin agrees “It is absolutely evident that they are, of course, not pirates. But formally they were trying to seize this platform… It is evident that those people violated international law.”
One of the captives, Faiza Oulahsen, is a co-worker of mine from the Greenpeace Netherlands office. I wanted to show my support by making a portrait of her, as I picture her in her cell, cold & alone. I hope the Arctic 30 will be released very soon, because we can all agree that protecting the Arctic is not a crime.
I made this using acrylic paint, Artistcellar stencil and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist on canvas.