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Dutch police arrested six Greenpeace activists after they chained a oil drilling platform headed for the Russian Arctic to a dock to stop it from leaving a Netherlands port.

Koos Venema, a police spokesman, said the protesters were arrested when they refused a police order to abandon the GSP Saturn platform, anchored in the Dutch port of IJmuiden, northwest of Amsterdam.

The protesters used climbing gear Monday to climb the rig and chain it to the seawall to keep it from leaving the harbor.

The  Saturn platform been contracted by Russia’s state-owned Gazprom to drill for oil in the Pechora Sea’s Dolginskoye field.

Early in May, Dutch police arrested 30 Greenpeace activists in Rotterdam after the group tried to disrupt an oil tanker delivering a load of Russian Arctic oil.

In September, Russian security forces detained 29 Greenpeace activists and seized their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise in the Barents Seas.

Two activists with climbing gear scaled the side of Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform in a protest against Arctic drilling.

The activists and vessel were later released.

Greenpeace is suing Russia in the European Court of Human Rights for the detentions.


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