Moscow police nab Greenpeace polar bear protesters

Sep 5, 2012, 9:39 AM

MOSCOW (AP) – Put your paws in the air.

Moscow police have arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of Gazprom, the Russian oil and natural gas giant.

The protest Wednesday by members of Greenpeace called upon Gazprom to halt its offshore drilling in the Arctic. The protesters blocked a driveway into the Gazprom headquarters, laying down fake snow, which those dressed as bears rolled in.

The protesters were taken to a police station to see if they would be charged with violating public order.

In August, six Greenpeace protesters stormed a Gazprom Arctic drilling rig and erected tents, but left after workers blasted them with freezing water and threw pieces of metal at them.

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