Freed activist is defiant as he arrives back in UK

Oxford Mail: Philip Ball Philip Ball

A CHIPPING Norton film-maker arrested in Russia says he is more committed than ever to his cause after he arrived home in the UK.

Phil Ball, 42, was one of 30 Greenpeace members detained in September after Russian troops boarded their ship, the Arctic Sunrise.

The soldiers came on board after four activists tried to board a Russian oil platform to protest about drilling in the Arctic.

Mr Ball has had charges of hooliganism against him dropped and arrived back in the UK yesterday afternoon.

The father-of-three said he was looking forward to seeing in the new year with his family.

He said: “Justice has not been done. If justice had been done, we would have been tried and found not guilty.

“We didn’t commit a crime. What we did was peaceful and we were met with violence and intimidation.

“Shots were fired at us. That is where the crime was.”

He added that he would be seeing his three children this morning for the first time in 100 days and was looking forward to doing “all the things I should have been doing for the last couple of months”.

The Duma, the Russian Parliament, had earlier this month passed an amnesty for defendants charged with hooliganism.

Mr Ball had been in Russia since the protest in September, and had been in prison until the recent amnesty.

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6:44pm Sat 28 Dec 13

East Oxford Web Watcher says...

I am more than ever committed to my cause as well. My cause is the redistribution of wealth from the Uber-Rich to the hard working needy. So when I break into (or rightfully enter, because of my cause) David Camerons home and free his riches to the needy, I hope that when arrested, I am described as an activist and not a criminal, along with sympathetic reporting by the OM with a demand for my release.
I am more than ever committed to my cause as well. My cause is the redistribution of wealth from the Uber-Rich to the hard working needy. So when I break into (or rightfully enter, because of my cause) David Camerons home and free his riches to the needy, I hope that when arrested, I am described as an activist and not a criminal, along with sympathetic reporting by the OM with a demand for my release. East Oxford Web Watcher

10:16pm Sat 28 Dec 13

the wizard says...

So here we go then, climb aboard a rig belonging to a foreign state and mount a protest and cause all sorts of disruption and mayhem, with the aim of stopping drilling.
Sunshine, you are lucky to be alive, end of. Piracy more like, which carries a much heavier penalty. You will not get away with it twice with Mother Russia, they will throw away the key. You are lucky to be alive let alone home. Lucky you were not shot. Absolutely no sympathy what so ever especially considering the dangers on board a drilling rig. Total idiot.
So here we go then, climb aboard a rig belonging to a foreign state and mount a protest and cause all sorts of disruption and mayhem, with the aim of stopping drilling. Sunshine, you are lucky to be alive, end of. Piracy more like, which carries a much heavier penalty. You will not get away with it twice with Mother Russia, they will throw away the key. You are lucky to be alive let alone home. Lucky you were not shot. Absolutely no sympathy what so ever especially considering the dangers on board a drilling rig. Total idiot. the wizard

4:02pm Sun 29 Dec 13

rowdy says...

Is this the same chap who refused to eat their food because he is a veggy . Lucky to get fed after what they got up to on a foreign vessel............!!
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Is this the same chap who refused to eat their food because he is a veggy . Lucky to get fed after what they got up to on a foreign vessel............!! !! rowdy

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