Polish armed border guards smash windows of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior with sledgehammers

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Greenpeace has complained of a disproportional use of power after closely armed and masked Polish border guards bordered one of many organisation’s vessels moored off the port of Gdansk in a night-time raid.

Video launched by the environmental marketing campaign group reveals the guards in special-forces-style uniforms and geared up with computerized weapons smashing cabin home windows with sledgehammers whereas ordering the crew to place their fingers up and lie on the bottom.

The ship, the Rainbow Warrior, has been in Gdansk blocking the unloading of coal from a Mozambique cargo ship. Greenpeace is protesting towards Poland’s continued reliance on coal as an power supply. Final yr, the group says, Poland imported round 20 million tons of coal regardless of the environmental prices related to the gasoline.

“We believe that we have the right to peaceful protest, we were in touch with the authorities telling them we are peacefully protesting against the further use of coal,” Katarzyna Guzek, from Greenpeace Poland, advised The Telegraph.

“We were very surprised to see armed guards and the disproportionate measures taken against the people on board Rainbow Warrior. We are a peaceful organisation so we were surprised by what happened.”

Marek Jozefiak, a co-ordinator of Greenpeace Poland’s local weather and power marketing campaign, stated that it was “unacceptable” that activists had been “threatened with machine guns”.

A border guard commander stated that 18 Greenpeace activists had been held for questioning after the raid, and sixteen had been later launched.  The remaining two, together with the ship’s captain, a Spanish citizen, had been detained as an investigation continued into doable violations of transport security laws.

The Rainbow Warrior had arrived in Gdansk on Monday as a part of concerted effort by Greenpeace to attract consideration to Poland’s heavy use of coal and to make the nation coal-free by 2030.  Poland burns extra exhausting coal than some other EU state and round 80 per cent of Polish electrical energy continues to be generated from burning the fossil gasoline.

Regardless of mounting issues over coal’s contribution to local weather change and air air pollution in Poland, the Polish authorities stays dedicated to the gasoline, and has plans to construct extra coal-fired energy stations. 

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