Greenpeace Dinghy Clashes with Spanish Navy Boat
Video footage has been released of a recent clash between a dinghy full of Greenpeace protestors and the Spanish Navy.
As the boats collided several times, a 23-year-old Italian Greenpeace activist fell overboard and was hospitalised suffering from cuts and a broken leg.
The confrontation occurred a short distance from the Canary islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Activists from the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise vessel planned on making a peaceful protest about the controversial oil drilling plan by Spanish integrated global energy company Repsol.
The activists headed toward Repsol’s oil exploration vessel but were soon met by the Spanish authorities repeatedly ramming the Greenpeace boat. Repsol have been awarded a permit to begin drilling in the area despite objection from hundreds of thousands of people that feel the oil exploration will damage the area’s ecology and tourist economy.
Following the incident, the Greenpeace activists retreated but soon returned to continue protesting in the area for two days. This week, the Canary Government will host a demonstration in protest of the Spanish government’s decision to allow Repsol’s oil exploration in the area.
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Article by Jack Bartrop