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article imageVideo: Greenpeace protest Shell at the Belgian Grand Prix

By Anne Sewell     Aug 27, 2013 in Environment
Using banners to make their point, Greenpeace activists staged a very effective protest against Shell's Arctic oil drilling at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25.
The banners criticized Shell, with one stating “Arctic Oil? Shell No!” and the other saying "Save the Arctic .org".
The videos of the protest are provided by Greenpeace.
Apparently YouTube deleted the Greenpeace videos of the event "for copyright reasons", so the Belfast Telegraph has posted the first video above and the second was posted on Facebook by Greenpeace International.
In the first video we see a large banner hanging up above the spectator stands, with racing cars zooming past.
In the second we see the closing ceremony of the Belgian Grand Prix, where a banner pops up on to the stage. Someone immediately runs out to take it down - a few seconds later, up pops another one.
Please note that while the second video looks completely black above, it does work - please click on the play button to view.
Greenpeace made a statement against Shell and Arctic drilling at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25...
Greenpeace made a statement against Shell and Arctic drilling at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25.
Video screengrab
Shell is the main sponsor of the Belgian Grand Prix, and the company has invested $5bn in its Arctic drilling program. After a series of embarrassing mishaps, Shell was forced to abandon its plans to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska this summer.
Greenpeace is campaigning for a ban on offshore drilling in the Arctic, and for the uninhabited area around the North Pole to be declared a global sanctuary.
The ending to the second video says it all:
Banner material: €50
Four car radio antennas: €88
Embarrassing Shell on its biggest PR day of the year?
Priceless
Greenpeace made a statement against Shell and Arctic drilling at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25...
Greenpeace made a statement against Shell and Arctic drilling at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25.
Video screengrab
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