Greenpeace blocks unloading of coal at port

WARSAW (AFP) – Greenpeace said its activists climbed cranes at the Polish port of Gdansk yesterday to block the unloading of coal from Mozambique, and called on the government to move to renewable energy.

“At dawn, 29 Greenpeace activists climbed two cranes at a coal terminal of the Gdansk port,” Greenpeace Polska spokeswoman Katarzyna Guzek told AFP. The activists hung banners on the cranes reading “Poland without coal 2030”, she added. Local police told AFP they were aware of the Greenpeace action and were monitoring the situation along with port officials.

“First we blocked the vessel from docking, now we’re preventing it from unloading the shipment,” said Guzek.

The group tried on Monday to prevent the cargo vessel Indian Goodwill from docking, blocking it with its own vessel, Rainbow Warrior.

Armed border guards intervened, hauling the Greenpeace boat out of the port and detaining the captain and another activist early on Tuesday.

They released another 16 activists on board after identity checks, and the vessel anchored outside the port.

Prosecutors said they would decide whether to charge the two activists – the Spanish captain and an Austrian national – detained for navigation security violations.

Greenpeace activists hold anti-coal slogans, trying to block a cargo ship with coal from Mozambique to enter the port in Gdansk, Poland. PHOTO: AP