Environmentalists arrested in Ashkelon

Police move in after Greenpeace activists vandalize ship in protest of coal-electric power plant plan.

September 8, 2008 19:05
Environmentalists arrested in Ashkelon

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Israeli police have arrested 14 Greenpeace activists protesting Israel's plan to build an electricity power plant fueled by coal. Jo Kooper, a spokeswoman for the group, said police moved in after activists on the Greenpeace flagship "Rainbow Warrior" spray-painted the slogan "Quit coal" on the side of a ship unloading coal at Ashkelon's harbor. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said they were detained upon entering a restricted area. Among the 14 arrested Monday were activists from Israel, Germany, France and Holland. Greenpeace activists have said they plan to sail to another 10 countries to protest coal-fired power plants. Greenpeace activists lead protests against projects they feel harm the environment, including nuclear power and weapons.

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