World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Greenpeace Onboard Gulf-Bound Military Supply Ship


Greenpeace Set Up Peace Camp On Military Supply Ship Heading For The Gulf

The Solent, England, 30th January 2003: A team of Greenpeace volunteers today boarded and set up a peace camp on a UK military supply ship bound for the Gulf. The five volunteers climbed on to the MV Lyra, which has been commandeered by the British forces, as it was leaving the UK this morning loaded with a cargo of military hardware. The five volunteers equipped with food supplies and protective gear set up camp on the Lyra's stern ramp.

Other activists in inflatable boats have painted No War on the side of the ship. Crew from the MV Lyra have been soaking the boat crews with high pressure water hoses. The vessel came from Southampton's Marchwood port which Greenpeace's flagship the Rainbow Warrior successfully blockaded on Monday. This morning the Rainbow Warrior took up position anchored near the MV Lyra.

The peace camp is part of the Greenpeace campaign to prevent a military attack on Iraq that could kill thousands of civilians and increase the chances of weapons of mass destruction being used.

Greenpeace campaigner John Sauven, speaking from the Rainbow Warrior said, "Greenpeace will stay on this ship as far as the Gulf if necessary. War is the wrong way to stop the spread of nuclear and chemical weapons. The only safe way to get rid of these weapons of mass destruction is through peaceful, global agreements. This means not just singling out Iraq but all states including the US and Britain.

Greenpeace is opposed to war in Iraq, whether or not an attack is sanctioned by the United Nations, because it would have devastating human and environmental consequences.

US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair have cited Saddam Hussein's desire to acquire weapons of mass destruction as justification for an invasion. However, pre-emptive military strikes against states possessing or suspected of possessing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons do not provide a stable basis for controlling them. It would require repeated armed interventions against numerous countries. The five nuclear powers are Britain, the US, China, France and Russia. Other states known to have nuclear weapons include India, Pakistan and Israel. The Bush administration has stated that at least 13 countries are pursuing biological weapons research.

The war is also clearly largely motivated by oil. The same forces that are backing the war are also supporting the US administration's refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol, which would begin to combat climate change. The British Government has recently announced that one of the top five priorities for foreign policy is securing access to energy supplies. Yet Blair still denies that an attack on Iraq has anything to do with oil.

NOTES: Four of the activists on board the Lyra are from the UK, the fifth is from Germany.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC