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#1 Vapor Trails

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:28 PM

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:55 PM

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A man has been arrested after seven Greenpeace protesters, including Hollywood star Lucy Lawless, clambered onto an Arctic-bound oil drilling vessel and scaled its 53-metre tower at Port Taranaki this morning.

The group managed to evade the port's tight security and, about 7am, board the Liberian-flagged Noble Discoverer, which was to depart on an 11,000km journey to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

They climbed to a platform atop its 53-metre drilling derrick and unravelled banners saying "Stop Shell'' and "Save The Arctic''.

A police spokesman confirmed a man who was associated with the protest but not on the boat was arrested at the port gate this morning.

Five officers were on board and had made face-to-face contact with the protesters, he said.

"We're trying to establish what their intentions are.''

Greenpeace spokesman Steve Abel said police were trying to climb the derrick to get to the protesters.

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"We'd be pretty concerned about that because it requires specialist knowledge and capabilities to climb so you wouldn't want your everyday police officer having to do that without proper equipment. It's industrial climbing.''

The protest has captured international media attention with organisations including MSNBC, The Nation and the Associated Press trying to get interviews with Lawless, whose television series Spartacus is currently airing in the United States.

"Her involvement is very significant. There are very few people with her amount of profile and number of fans who have taken this level of non-violent direct action so, yeah, it's a pretty exceptional, historical event,'' Mr Abel said.

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Lawless, the star of Xena: Warrior Princess, is a long-time Greenpeace supporter.

"I'm here today acting on behalf of the planet and my children,'' she was quoted as saying in a Greenpeace statement.

"Deep sea oil drilling is bad enough, but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on the planet, is going too far.''

Mr Abel said Lawless had decided to take part in today's activity of her own volition.

"She really was very keen to partake in a non-violent protest activity such as this one.''

She had considered that the police could be involved and people could be arrested, he said.

"She's got a strong passion for ensuring the Arctic does not become the latest frontier for the oil industry.''

She has taken to Twitter from the platform.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:05 AM

so what exactly do we call that?
trespassing? theft? home invasion? boarding a vessel upon the high seas, that sounds like Piracy!
what's the modern sentencing for piracy?
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:15 AM

Here is a blog Lucy typed up from a laptop aboard the ship.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:20 AM

View Postoffworlder, on 24 February 2012 - 01:05 AM, said:

boarding a vessel upon the high seas, that sounds like Piracy!
I am in favour of this.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:35 AM

So I take it she doesn't jet set from NZ to LA regularly - she swims.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:44 AM

Well, if a celebrity's going to be arrested for something, better this than the kind of stuff other celebrities usually get arrested for.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:53 AM

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Hollywood star and eco-warrior Lucy Lawless says she has accepted the prospect of criminal charges and potential career damage after illegally boarding a ship to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

The Xena: Warrior Princess star and six other Greenpeace protesters sneaked onto the Shell-contracted Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki at dawn yesterday, climbing its 53-metre drilling tower and hoisting banners which read "Stop Shell" and "Save the Arctic."

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Lawless noted that her stunt-training for Xena had prepared her for the task of climbing the ship's tower.

"I feel like I have been training for this all my life. We will be here for as long as it takes."

Asked whether criminal charges could threaten her future acting projects, she said: "It could. But I can only be myself."

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:21 PM

Combined videos of the protest.


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:35 PM

I think Lucy is very brave for standing up for her beliefs.

It may be extreme but Lucy is a very headstrong woman.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:43 AM

Lucy Lawless Twitter Q & A-Save The Arctic
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:44 PM

Lucy is about to be or has been arrested, along with the other protestors. Her last tweet, posted on one message board @ 5:05 PM:

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@RealLucyLawless- Anticipating imminent arrest so doing final cleanup of camp #savethearctic. Will be dissapointed if we have to leave but will go peacefully.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:02 PM

Activists, actor Lucy Lawless arrested for Shell Arctic drillship occupation

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Auckland, February 27th 2012 — The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship’s drilling tower and arrested the group. The protest was into its fourth day and the activists had spent 77 hours on top of the 53 metre drilling tower.

“This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun,” said Lucy Lawless, before being arrested. “Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down.”

She continued, “We will continue to stand in solidarity with the communities and species that depend on the Arctic for their very lives until Shell cancels its plans to drill in this magical world, and makes the switch to clean, sustainable energy.”

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“I can’t wait to get home to my kids to tell them all about this amazing journey, but I’m so glad I took part in this peaceful action,” said Lucy Lawless.

She continued, “I am in awe of the multitudes of people who have sent us so many inspiring messages of support, not to mention my fellow activists who put their personal liberties on the line to stand up to Shell’s mad plans to drill in the Arctic.

“We did what we came to do. Together we sent a clear message that has been heard and echoed across the globe: there’s no place in this world for your reckless Arctic oil.”

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:01 PM

^That's an old one, Tardis Boy. :p~
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:04 PM

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:14 PM

The prosecutors are going to try and charge Lucy and the protesters with burglary.  :blink:

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Auckland, February 27th 2012 — The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship’s drilling tower and arrested the group. The protest was into its fourth day and the activists had spent over 77 hours on top of the 53 metre drilling tower.

The activists are currently being processed by police and are expected to be available to comment briefly to media once they are released.

Despite the fact that the charge of "unlawfully being on a ship" was available, prosecutors have chosen to charge the protestors with the more serious charge of burglary. Greenpeace insists that no property was taken or damaged during the occupation.

Hmmmmmmm. :think:
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:48 PM

Some thoughts...I think that in particular, they might want to make an example of Lucy-I suppose they figure they want to drill it in her head that celebrity status isn't going to necessarily cut it in her favor. Let's remember-this is New Zealand, *not* the U.S. They might be less forgiving with celebrities who break the law in New Zealand, as opposed to the States. I really am curious as to how she and the others can be charged with burglary.  :whatsthat:
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:01 AM

Good luck with that charge.
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