Thank you all so much for caring for our Beautiful Planet, we are only here for a short time and should take care of this planet for our children and grandchildren to also enjoy. You are all Earths Angels and I wish I could be as brave as all of you and stand up and protect our planet. My thoughts…
The Russian government, Gazprom and Shell are showing themselves as the real “bad guys”. They are the ones who should be in prison. Thank-you for what you are doing. We will help to work for your freedom in whatever way we can—letters protests etc.
First of all thank you for you courage and for standing up for me, the world and the generations coming after us. I have read your letters, and are very impressed by your ability to stay calm and hopefull - and I sincerely hope that you are soon released.
You shall know that we are many…
I hope I can help you with these answers.
It has been a month since you were imprisoned. How are you finding the circumstances? It’s getting easier to let time flow by and distance myself from the reality of the outside life. Of course there are always moments of powerlessness, loneliness or doubt, at times like these I have to watch out not to lose my way. But I do feel all the support that is there for us. This support from family, friends and Greenpeace and all other supporters gives me the chance to relax and takes away the feeling of needing to be on watch all the time. Also in the meantime 6 out of the 10 weeks of remand are over and I truly hope my detention won’t be prolonged. I don’t think about a [possible] sentence, it makes no sense for me to try and imagine a prison sentence of 10 – 15 years.
How has your interaction with the security forces been? The soldiers in prison behave very decently. I experience no humiliation and little hatred. I do ask myself if it’s really necessary to be handcuffed behind my back in the transport bus to the court dealings and having to stand for hours in the cold waiting for the ride back. At the action itself they have completely overreacted. They fired shots in our direction, slashed our boats with knives, cut through climbing ropes, but I think this is known.
Have you been able to get in touch with your family members or the Swiss administration? After my first two requests for a call to my family were declined because of a formality, I could finally make my first call after 35 days. The connection was broken off after 15 minutes, even though there is no maximum permitted duration of a call by law, and I could not even say goodbye to my girlfriend. I have contact every ten days with the consulate.
How are you spending your days? Could you describe a typical day in the prison? 6:00 breakfast. My dictionary translates the meal as barley. Overall the meals are of a consistency that can be eaten by our only tool, a spoon. The food is ladled from a big pan on wheels into my bowl, which I hold up through the opening in my cell door. Then I make my bed, wash my hair with cold water from the tap (we shower once a week for 15 minutes in a common shower room, where until now I was always by myself).
8:00 cell inspection, a bit like in the RS, they check whether everything is still in its place and if the bars haven’t been sawn through.
Between 8:00 and 13:00 there is one hour of air in an outdoor cell of 4x5 meters without windows, so there is an electrical light.
13:00-14:00 Lunch with the same procedure, of soup/stew.
15:00 Mail, most often legal documents.
18:00 Dinner soup/stew.
20:00 Cell inspection.
22:00 Lights are turned off, with the exception of a night light which is too weak for reading but unpleasant for sleeping.
In between I read (since last week I have been getting books in English from the prison library), wash my clothes, try to meditate (which otherwise I never do, but I have time now), write letters, watch the snow fall and observe how the icicles grow.
Do you ever regret the action in the Pechora Sea? To be honest it is only because of questions from media that I have to grapple with the question whether I regret the mentioned action. Which is not meant as a reproach. The exciting question for me is ‘Why don’t I regret it?’
It is my conviction that protecting the Arctic and reducing our CO2 emissions is very necessary for preserving the livelihoods of future generations. I believe that we as a global collective can succeed in making these measures happen, it doesn’t leave any room for doubt or regret. The question about the legitimacy of this form of action, which some people consider to be too aggressive, is in my opinion eliminated by our absolutely peaceful ways.
Are you aware of the worldwide acts of solidarity with the Arctic 30? Unfortunately I don’t know a lot of details, but I know that much is being done and I am very thankful for of that. I’m positive that my inner strength is also being fed by you and your engagement.
Are you proud to be a member of the Arctic 30? For me, when I look inside, I’m mostly proud of how I’m handling my loss of freedom. Fortunately until now I haven’t had to give up my freedom in this extent. But most of all I’m proud of the result that we have been able to accomplish and of the millions of people that are rising with us and demanding the protection of the Arctic.
What would be the first thing you would like to do after your return to Switzerland? Definitely celebrating my homecoming and seeing everyone again. Going for a walk in the woods, I miss the trees. A fondue, that would be super. I’m also looking forward to working again, just sitting around makes me crazy. (After the remand period one can apply for work in prison, but for now this is not allowed). And an evening with my girlfriend.
Marco Weber, 28 October to Swiss newspaper The Tages-Anzeiger
I probably can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said but I would like to say thank you. You are the antidote to ignorance and greed and one day you will be seen for what you are, right thinking people who had the courage to act. I will do what I can to help.
I am so sorry you are suffering on behalf of us all, but try to stay strong, and know that there is masses of support for you.
I am sorry we haven’t got you out. I don’t know what to say except that we think of you all the time. About to write more letters. Am spreading the word of your plight. To say ” stay strong” seems like an insult. But…. Bloody hell.. .. Hang on in you amazing people. Thank you again
Keep strong! Millions support you. We have to believe that common sense will prevail and you will all be home soon.
It’s Caroline from Anston. I was Caroline Berry but I’ve since married and my surname is Millar.
I just wanted to let you know that last night I cast a special spell for justice as I felt this was the best way to tackle the situation that you’re in, I’ve also let everyone I know about…
Ana Amelia and her group of university send their support to the 30.
Ana Amelia e seu grupo da faculdade enviaram o apoio deles aos ativistas.
Dear Arctic 30
We are still with you!
All my love,
Dear Arctic 30
You are my heroes!
Love from Sophie
Stay strong! We will not stop until you are free. Sara
Your passion and commitment inspire me to be a better person