Sea Shepherd ‘rammed’ by Japanese ship

Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd claims two of its boats have been rammed by a Japanese ship in Australian Antarctic waters.

Activists say the attacks happened after they were ordered to leave the area by one of the boats in the Japanese whaling fleet.

They say the factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, repeatedly rammed the Steve Irwin and then the Bob Barker, pushing it into a Korean re-fuelling boat.

Sea Shepherd says “concussion grenades” have also been thrown at their activists.

The group’s director, Doctor Bob Brown, says he has alerted authorities and wants immediate action against what he calls “multiple breaches of international law”.

“I have informed the Government,” he told ABC24. “Theses are Australian territorial waters and it is time for the Government to reassert itself and send naval vessels.

“This is the worse incident we’ve seen since the sinking of one of our vessels.

“It’s extraordinarily dangerous and a direct break of the law. The escort vessel hurling grenades is labelled ‘Government of Japan’.

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