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Greenpeace Activists Occupy Oil Rig In Arctic Drilling Protest

ANKARA, Turkey — Greenpeace activists climbed aboard an oil rig off Istanbul on Friday in a bid to prevent it from reaching Greenland to begin deep-water drilling in the Arctic, but the vessel continued on its course undeterred.The environm…

ANKARA, Turkey — Greenpeace activists climbed aboard an oil rig off Istanbul on Friday in a bid to prevent it from reaching Greenland to begin deep-water drilling in the Arctic, but the vessel continued on its course undeterred.

The environmental group said eleven activists, some in rock-climbing gear, used speedboats to intercept and then climb atop the Leiv Eiriksson at dawn, after it had left a port in Istanbul. They climbed the rig’s derrick, unfurling a banner that read: “Stop Arctic destruction” and “Go Beyond Oil, Choose Clean Energy.”

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