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Montreal Biosphere Scaled by Greenpeace Activists

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Nov 20 2013

  


Early this morning 3 activists for Greenpeace went on a mission to send a message to the Canadian Federal Government, in Montreal, Quebec.

At 8:30 am this Wednesday morning, Greenpeace activists Philippe Dumont, Andreanne Lalonde and David Major climbed the Montreal Biosphere structure and unraveled a giant banner with the message, "Liberez nos activists - #FreeTheArctic30 - Greenpeace". Translated into English the message reads, "Free our activists - free the Arctic 30". The 3 activists were geared with industrial grade climbing gear, harnesses and bright orange clothing.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene but no efforts were made to rescue the activists. Montreal Police constable Jean-Pierre Brabant stated that the 3 climbers may face charges of mischief.

The goal of the 3 activists is to urge Canadian Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird to get involved and to release 30 Greenpeace Arctic activists who were jailed in Russia last September when protesting offshore Arctic oil drilling.

6 of the 30 jailed Greenpeace activists were granted bail by the Russian courts last Tuesday and lawyers stated this will allow them to return to their homes pending trial.

Christy Ferguson, the campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada Arctic stated that this battle is far from over as although the 6 activists were granted bail, they are not totally free. Greenpeace activist and climber Andreanne Lalonde added that the charges against the Greenpeace Arctic activists are illegal and too extreme for what they were doing.

The Montreal Biosphere is located in the east side of downtown Montreal in Parc Jean-Drapeau along the Saint Lawrence River. Environment Canada purchased the site for seventeen and a half million dollars in 1990 and transformed the pavilions it once housed for the 1967 Expo, into an interactive environmental museum featuring exhibitions and special events for the purpose of learning more about the ecosystems of the Saint Lawrence River, the Great Lakes with daily solutions to protect the environment.

  

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