Greenpeace activists arrested on Finnish icebreaker

Greenpeace activists on board the icebreaker Nordica. Photo:GreenpeaceAll activists from Greenpeace who boarded a Finnish icebreaker have now been arrested.

The ship was off the coast of Sweden, on its way to assist Shell’s search for oil in the Arctic.

The six activists, including at least one Swede, went aboard early on Thursday morning, while the Finnish state-owned icebreaker Nordica was off the south-east coast of Sweden’s Blekinge. 

Police and coastguards arrived to assess the situation.

Nordica has now been taken to the port of Karlskrona in Sweden, where police will attempt to remove the activists, two of whom have locked themselves into the ship.

This is the second time this week that activists have tried to stop the ship. Greenpeace says that drilling for oil in the Arctic will cause major environmental damage.

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