Greenpeace Attacker Harpooned by Fishermen



A Greenpeace member was “harpooned” by fishermen after the group began to attack their nets.

Several small Greenpeace vessels approached a French fishing vessel in Mediterranean waters, and began attacking its nets in an effort to release its catch of tuna.

In response to this assault, the fishermen reportedly rammed one vessel and slashed at others, sinking their inflatable craft, and fired flares at a Greenpeace helicopter dispatched to observe the attack.

Another fisherman swung what is variously described as a “grappling hook,” “boat hook” (fishermen’s version) or “harpoon” (Greenpeace’s version) at one of the assailants, skewering his leg.

Greenpeace filmed the incident:

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The Greenpeace member, a UK citizen, was taken to Malta for treatment – although he suffered a severe wound, his condition is not said to be life-threatening.

Maltese fishing industry groups are livid over the attacks, saying Greenpeace “sought confrontation, and got the confrontation they wanted,” and that Greenpeace “alone bear the blame for the consequences of yesterday’s incidents.”

The French national fisheries body concurred, saying the fishermen “were attacked by helmeted Greenpeace activists, equipped for and engaged in a violent operation – the destruction of a work tool” and that Greenpeace “assumes the right to attack fishermen out at sea.”

The fishermen have requested French naval protection, saying they fear future attacks by eco-terrorists intent on gaining publicity and donations at the expense of their livelihoods, and pointing out that in addition to quotas they have only two weeks in which to land their catch, making their time very precious.

Sea Shepherd have also previously vowed to attack their vessels, so their concerns do not appear unreasonable.

Greenpeace describe their attacks on fishermen as “peaceful direct action”:

“What has happened here this afternoon in the water around us is that the commercial interest has won out over the need to preserve the species and that is why Greenpeace took peaceful direct action today.”

Tuna stocks are widely considered to be under pressure, but efforts to ban the trade have unsurprisingly been unsuccessful – tuna are one of the most economically important catches in the world, worth many billions of dollars annually.

The French vessel’s fishing was thus entirely lawful, and reportedly monitored by an observer in order to ensure they did not exceed their quota.

Possibly environmentalist groups had grown accustomed to the kind of supine response Japanese fishermen exhibited to much more pernicious attacks, not reckoning with the ardour of men set on protecting their livelihood in what remains one of the world’s most perilous occupations.

2ch comments on the difference in reaction:

“They did well!”

“As expected, the white man is merciless – a feat no Japanese could manage.”

“Japanese fishermen ought to do this!”

“Greenpeas: ‘Perhaps we should keep targetting Japan after all.'”

“They got too cocky dealing with the Japanese…”

“They’re aiming to destroy their livelihood – it’s no wonder that happened.”

“It’s a miracle they got away alive.”

“They’ll go back to attacking Japan after that.”

“You might as well expect to walk into a factory and stop the production line.”

“It’s just whites attacking each other so nobody really cares, but if it were Japanese doing this to whites it would be an international issue.”

“Those fish are worth thousands of dollars each, so it’s no surprise they were furious.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Greenpeace you are so awesome
    it's so sad people do not want to listen or understand unless you press a knife on their throat
    no one fucking cares and they won't care even when it's too late
    they'll just start fishing something else until the ocean ecosystem becomes completely fucked up
    as everything else touched by the human race in this world...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm certainly glad that somebody finally said "enough of this shit" and stood up to those media-whoring ecomorons.

    It kills me that when the jerks lose, as they did here to the French, they always claim that they were just innocent bystanders who were unfairly attacked. They are just contemptible sea-thugs ('pirate' is too good a word for them) and they got what they deserved.

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    Comment by billanator
    00:22 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whales is one thing, but attacking men actually fishing fish is stupid. Fish spawn dozens, if not hundreds offspring, it's not like they are endangered of extinction. I say that the guys harpooned/speared/whatever got what he deserved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, it even was a good ad for Greenpeace, no wonder why they brang a camera.

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    Comment by billanator
    05:40 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The guys that GOT harpooned/speared/whatever, I mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OK, 2ch people are stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Greenpeace=/= Sea Shepard, personally I think sea Shepard is quite retarded but I am very supportive of Greenpeace, this doesn't sound as something Greenpeace would normally do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Greenpeace = corrupted pigs !

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    Comment by Ghostchase
    18:38 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd so hard when the fisherman rammed the Greenpeace boat and nailed the cameraman in the face WITH HIS BOAT and then proceeded to grab their Greenpeace flag and hit one of them over the head with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now: It is a joke what Greenpeace does.
    In the future: They will take out poster ads with "We told you frackers so"

    They need better people in charge, they have a good idea, but badly run.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I right in thinking that the English guy on the boat was harpooned by mistake by the French guy who was trying to pierce and sink their inflatable boat?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think you are right, they may be mad but certainly not stupid enough to try killing someone in front of a FUCKING CAMERA.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are neither green nor peaceful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not against the environment. In reality I separate all my trash and so on... But shit's gotta have a limit! Fucking hippies is good that they got their arses harpooned! How about they go all hippie against drug dealers or human trafickers? and not against hard working people!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “It’s just whites attacking each other so nobody really cares, but if it were Japanese doing this to whites it would be an international issue.”

    this made me laugh hard XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this shows that greenpeace is now in a similar league with the pirates off the gulf of aden.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good for the fishermen. Those GP tools were taking away a days pay. IMO they got off easy.

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    Comment by darknetwork
    19:49 12/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol they got pawned

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh the first video i understand in this website, of course i'm french (don't lauch stone ><)

    ... they say nothing that be could be interresting, they only say "son of the bitch... what are you doing with this camera"

    greenpeace strays sometime^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Seriously, it would only take one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I got turned on when they grabbed his leg *fap fap fap*

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Greenpeace are just pseudo-hippies-fascists. That stupid asshole should take responsibility for his acts, like a man.

    Human life comes first, green-motherfuckers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...How exactly is this terrorism? That word gets thrown around a lot these days. As far as I'm aware, they never threatened to hurt anyone. Nets don't have feelings, you know. It's OK to "hurt" them.

    Sure, sure, hurting livelihoods and all that... Still not actually terrorism, though, is it? If some guy threatened you and stole your wallet, what would that make him? No, Anonymous! Bad, Anonymous! "Terrorist" was not the answer I was looking for! Not everyone you hate is a terrorist. That person would be a "mugger". I'll give you a few moments to catch up.

    You see, there's this system we use whereby there are different words to describe different crimes. "Terrorist" is one of these words. It is generally used to describe attacks, or threats of attacks, on civilians (actually them, not their property) for the sake of making a political point. It is not applicable here, as nets are not people.

    By all means, use all the nasty words you want. I don't care who you hate. It means a shit to me not. But, please, for your sake, stop with the emotional exaggerations, you bunch of pansies. Makes you look like a cretin AND a pussy. And it hurts me. I don't want that for you. You deserve better, Anonymous.

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    Comment by Kei-chan
    09:06 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rofl, a moral lecture from an anon, why don't you sign in and take the negative feedback? Calling us pussies when you hide behind the guise of anonymous, how hypocritcal. It doesn't matter if its terrorism or not, they are destroying anothers property. Their actions are no different than those of Sea Sheperd/PETA/Somolia pirates, just because you don't like what someone else does doesn't give you the right to tell them what to do or tell them what you want them to do, thats called Facism. In all aspects of life, the bigger animal kills and eats the smaller animal, the more bigger animals there are, the less smaller ones are left. If you want to blame anyone for the upcoming drop in bluefin tuna, blame BP. The gulf is the major spawning grounds for over half the bluefin tuna.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You there, did your read? Was I advocating a moral view? No, I was not. I'm fairly neutral here, to be honest. I certainly don't think anybody quite deserves to get a serious leg injury, but I'm fairly neutral on the fishermen versus fish-lovers debate as a whole.

    No, what I was doing here was bitching about hyperbole and hysterical exaggerations. It annoys me, it bothers me, it irks me ever so much. I don't like hearing such tawdry things. It lacks class.

    I like that you brought up Somali pirates. Regardless of any societal "justifications", they do terrible things. Much more terrible than Greenpeace, to be sure. And yet we call them "pirates", not "terrorists", because that's what they are and that's what they do. I like that. Shows a good understanding of language.

    Are Greenpeace pirates? Interesting question. Their activities are vaguely similar, but pacifistic and without intending to steal anything. I'd classify them as "vandals", but I'd accept "pirates", too. Just so long as it isn't "terrorists", as that is blatantly over the top.

    Also, what's so special about being an Un-Anon? Why don't you respond using your real name instead of a pseudonym, if you're so worried about anonymity? It brings nothing to this discussion. I appreciate that it helps discussions flow smoother, but I'm afraid I wasn't planning on making a second post in this thread (I did because I saw I had been misinterpreted). Maybe another time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...thats called Facism."
    Sorry but Fascism is a government idealogy. What you want is a really annoying minority group.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Scream like a Bich, you fish hugging eco-terrorist.

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    Comment by billanator
    05:42 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a feeling the eco-extremists are here. I like to see animals flourish, but not to the point that people sometimes go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And people say the french can't put up a fight...
    well, they sure as hell can harpoon you.
    And seriously, over tuna? wth?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    French fishermen illegal and aggressive actions are traditionaly consequenceless, because they are an huge lobby. They even managed to burn the parlement without any legal consequence... No wonder they attacked Greenpeace protesters with deadly weapons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really? I can see wanting to protect whales or dolphins, but tuna?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Greenpeace are fucking idiots and so are those who overfish.

    Just fuck it, at this point let those Greenpeace nut jobs wage war on the sea (would make a great RTS game btw) and let the fishers overfish until there's no edible fish left in the sea so they can go fuck themselves for ruining their own business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Weren't Greenpeace saying that the Sea Shepherd were eco-terrorists? These actions don't seem too different.

    Then again I really have no doubt that in 20-30 years, or maybe even 50 years with some luck, fish populations will drastically fall and a bunch of species will even go extinct.

    I wonder what bullshit will politicians and industries sprout then... Industries should seriously start looking into more expensive but renewable options such as having fish farms.

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    Comment by LanceRayne
    12:39 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "we will flee from wars, but don't fucking touch our FOOD"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They may take our lives ,wives and land! But they will never take our FOOD!

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    12:42 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The french may have backed out of Iraq (like I give a sh*t, considering I'm only interested in Hentai and nothing else), but they'll be busting caps and gutting sea-hippies before they take the PRECIOUS (tuna) away from them...

    Seriously though, Greenpeace should change their name to Greentrolls since they are nothing but fools who cannot win without resorting to cheap 'I'm the victim who did not provoke them' tactics...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember the Rainbow Warrior, bitches !

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We do! Fuck you, Rainbow faggot!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    UK citizen got harpooned?


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now if only Paul Watson would take a harpoon to the face...

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    13:23 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a boring sea battle? The harpoon looks good substitute for sword like the Pirates on board battle wish they use at least a Potato Cannon for long range fight to make it fun to watch.

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    13:23 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they deserve it.i hope the asshole dies

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, seriously, these fishermen stood up and were MEN, unlike those Japanese pussies. Bravo.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    22:50 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One can only hope the Japanese fishermen are watching that video so they can remember their samurai/bushido roots and give these sea-hippies a taste of ancient, cold Japanese steel for getting in the way of their livelihood...And Sushi~

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Those fish are worth thousands of dollars each, so it’s no surprise they were furious.”

    .....thousands of dollar for that true?

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    Comment by Artefact

    Giant Tuna Fetches $177,000 at Japan Auction

    It's not the same species, but you get the picture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tuna are like the size of a small shark.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you seen the size of these fish?
    Not to mention how expensive maguro is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmmmmmmmm.... maguro.... mmmmmmmmm.... ootoro...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking serves him right. Take that!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 06/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm more surprised that the French boat didn't surrender to the hippies...

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