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Celebrities join vigils for jailed activists

GLOBAL EFFORT:A worldwide day of solidarity with the 30 Greenpeace activists jailed in Russia followed legal action started by the Netherlands on Friday to free the crew

AFP, MOSCOW

About 300 activists in Paris witnessed a large yellow banner proclaiming: “Free the Climate Advocates” being lowered from a crane over the Place de la Republique and attached to the arm of a giant statue at the center of the square.

Another 1,000 Greenpeace sympathizers — some of them dressed in pirate costumes — gathered outside the Russian embassy in The Hague for a noisy demonstration featuring whistles and drums.

“If they were pirates, then we are proud to be pirates too,” 39-year-old demonstrator Erik Mekenkamp said before the crowd set off for a rally outside the UN’s International Court of Justice.

About 500 Greenpeace supporters also came out for a two-hour rally in Stockholm. In Helsinki, another 1,300 people protested, and dozens came out on the public squares of Warsaw and Rome, as well as Vienna and other European cities.

Greenpeace also tweeted photographs of small vigils held in the South African cities of Durban and Cape Town.

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