Clash Bassist Clashes with Oil Rig, Gets Himself Arrested
Paul Simonen, (Clash, Gorillaz, Havanna 3 a.m.), goes undercover for Greenpeace, Â joins an oil rig protest on speedboats and clashes with police, ultimately gets himself arrested,
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Paul Simonon, former bassist withÂ The ClashÂ and current member ofThe Good, The Bad & The Queen, has revealed that he was arrested and jailed in June this year by police inÂ Greenland.
SimononÂ was locked up after he joined 17 otherÂ Greenpeaceactivists in storming an oil rig as part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about oil drilling and its consequences. You can watch a video ofÂ SimononÂ talking about his experiences by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
The bassist, under an assumed identity, had previously spent a number of weeks working as an assistant cook on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza before he agreed to join the raid.
During the raid, he and the other activists boarded theÂ CairnÂ oil rig and demanded to be given details of the rig’s oil spill response plan, which they had refused to make public. When the rig’s managers refused, the protesters said they would not leave, at which point the police were called andÂ SimononÂ and the other activists were arrested and locked up. They were released later in the summer.
SimononÂ performed as part ofÂ The Good, The Bad & The Queenlast Thursday (November 10) in the first gig aboard Greenpeace boatThe Rainbow WarriorÂ in the middle of the Thames. The show was the band’s first for three years.