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Friends, family back ship captain held in Russia

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NORWALK, CT (WFSB) -

Family and friends are showing support for a Norwalk man jailed in Russia over a protest last month near an oil platform in the Arctic.

A group gathered in a park in Norwalk on Saturday to light candles for Peter Willcox, captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise that was seized by the Russian government on Sept. 19. Joined by elected officials, they demanded his release.

Willcox, who grew up in South Norwal, and the rest of his crew of 30 have been held since.

His wife, Maggy Willcox, said she hopes the Russians will make a deal, fining Greenpeace and keep the ship.

Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia said he received an email from the mayor of Gdansk, Poland, inviting him to sign a letter of protest to Russian authorities.

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