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15. November 2004  
Environmental activists due in court

Barents Sea actionEleven environmental activists have been ordered into court after they refused to pay fines for a protest action over the weekend. The activists tried to disrupt the transport of a drilling rig that's bound for controversial exploration operations in the Barents Sea.

The activists braved terrible weather in Western Norway to protest the transport of a drilling rig bound for the Barents Sea.

Frederic Hauge, leader of the environmental group Bellona, and 10 others were hit with fines of NOK 5,000 each on Sunday. All were arrested by the coast guard and police after they surrounded the drilling rig Eirik Raude as it was being towed from len in Rogaland, western Norway.

The protesters are adamantly opposed to oil drilling in the Barents Sea and wanted to hinder the drilling rig from heading for the area, before their organizations' complaint about its emissions are considered by state pollution authorities.

The activists, which also included the leader of environmental group Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth), claimed their protest action was tantamount to civil disobedience, which they will defend on moral grounds.

"The issue of oil production in the Barents Sea is so important that we're willing to break the law when we can't move forward through democratic means," said Ane Hansdatter Kismul of Natur og Ungdom.

Via Aftenposten News in English.

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