Arctic Sunrise in Valencia
I need to say first I’m not a fan of Greenpeace. I’m not because I think that the end does not always justify the means, although I may agree with some of the intentions of this organization, I don’t agree in the commission of certain actions or the communication of many yellowish informations. The fact that Greenpeace too often is mixing inexact releases with actual studies makes their credibility will suffer excessively. In this regard, https://gallir.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/las-consecuencias-de-divulgar-bulos-y-no-rectificar/
The fact, moreover, is that they have come to Valencia with their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and the ship itself has been part of different news. At the invitation of a friend who is a volunteer with them, I went to take pictures. When I arrive to the port, they decided that, in the morning, only children guided visits will be allowed, so that they have not authorized me to go, under the saying they were “working” and I could not be there. For me it’s a complete idiocy, but for them the decision was taken, so I’ve done a couple of photos from outside and I’m back home.
The boat has docked in Valencia to support activists who slipped into the Nuclear Plant of Cofrentes and now face a trial in which significant jail times are requested: 16 activists can get up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 360,000 euros. The protest -carried in 2011- included a painting on the cooling tower, and the preliminary activities to perform it seems that included personal injury to one of the security guards. The protest, according to Greenpeace was peaceful, but Iberdrola (nuclear plant operator) did not consider it as peaceful and they ensured that there was “substantial property damage, personal injury two guards and emergency declaration”.
Personally I see no reasonable getting 16 activists in a nuclear plant, considering the security risks involved, however important the protest.