Police arrest seasick Greenpeace activists at Schiermonnikoog protest

Greenpeace activists climb onto a drilling platform on the North Sea to protest against gas drilling near Schiermonnikoog, 15 & 16 Feb 2018
Greenpeace activists climb onto a drilling platform on the North Sea to protest against gas drilling near Schiermonnikoog, 15 & 16 Feb 2018. Photo: @GreenpeaceNL / Twitter

The police arrested three seasick Greenpeace activists on Friday. The activists formed part of a group that climbed onto the drilling platform near Schiermonnikoog to protest against gas drilling. They returned to shore because they felt seasick, and was arrested at Lauwersoog in Groningen. 

A spokesperson for Greenpeace told RTL Nieuws that the arrests do not affect the protest. A number of activists are still on the platform. They've been there since Thursday afternoon. "The activists who were arrested had gone ashore with a boat because they were seasick", the spokesperson confirmed.

According to NOS, they were arrested for being too close to the drilling platform - it is forbidden to come within 500 meters of a drilling platform.

The drilling platform is located about on the North Sea. Test drilling was set to start there on Friday, but it has been postponed due to the protest. 

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