Actress Lucy Lawless arrested

February 28th, 2012 - 12:17 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Wellington, New Zealand, Feb 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Shell’s plan to drill five exploratory wells in the Arctic received a major boost when the police removed six protesters including actress Lucy Lawless from the drilling vessel Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki.

Lucy and five other Greenpeace campaigners climbed up the ship and prevented the vessel from starting on its trip which was scheduled to start over the weekend. The protesters stayed in the 174-foot drilling tower.

The actress told the Associated Press that her protest is against company’s drilling plans in the Arctic which she believes will impact on the globe.

She was quoted by the news agency as saying that, “I’ve got three kids. My sole biological reason for being on this planet is to ensure that they can flourish, and they can’t do that in a filthy, degraded environment,” she said. “We need to stand up while we still can.”

While on top of the tower, Lawless kept her fans informed on her Twitter page. She admitted that the high winds make the adventure a very scary one.

Shell on the other hand said it is a good thing that the protest is over. A spokesperson of the company revealed that the ship will leave the port in the next few days to begin the exploration.

Greenpeace say the organization has successfully raised the awareness of the public against the action of Shell.

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